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Supreme Court declares nationwide right to same-sex marriage

Supreme Court, in historic ruling, declares gay couples have right to marry across country
Mark Sherman, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

"No longer may this liberty be denied," said Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The vote was narrow — 5-4 — but Kennedy's majority opinion was clear and firm: "The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry."

The Latest: At least 5 Britons killed in Tunisia attack

The Latest: At least 5 Britons among those killed in Tunisia attack, foreign secretary says
The Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia - The latest news from an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia (all times local):

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7.20 p.m

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says at least five Britons have been killed in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse.

Hammond said the British death toll could rise and a high proportion of the 37 people who were killed by a lone gunman is likely to be British.

Same-sex couples can marry anywhere in US: court

US Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Former Russian PM Yevgeny Primakov dies at 85

Yevgeny Primakov, former Russian premier, foreign minister dies at 85
Jim Heintz, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 85.

Univision drops Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

NBC mum on Miss USA airing as Univision drops pageant over Trump's Latino immigrant remarks
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Donald Trump's fledgling GOP presidential bid quickly led to business fallout for him, with Univision saying it will drop the Miss USA pageant from its UniMas network and cut all ties with Trump over comments on Mexican immigrants.

The company said Thursday it was cancelling its Spanish-language coverage of the pageant July 12. It also has severed its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, because of what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.

Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

Univision drops Miss USA over Trump's Latino immigrants remarks; NBC silent on its broadcast
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.

US State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache

US officials: State Dept. can't find 15 Clinton emails included in Benghazi panel's release
Bradley Klapper And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House of Representatives panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

Supreme Court upholds key legal strategy used to fight housing discrimination
Sam Hananel, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists.

The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing law allows people to challenge lending rules, zoning laws and other housing practices that have a harmful impact on minority groups, even if there is no proof that companies or government agencies intended to discriminate.

Amid new engagements, US calls Cuba, Iran rights abusers

US calls Cuba and Iran serial rights abusers even as normalization, nuclear talks proceed
Matthew Lee And Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday tagged Iran and Cuba as serial human rights abusers even as it accelerates attempts to improve relations with both countries.

Just days before the resumption of high-level nuclear talks with Tehran and weeks before the expected re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the State Department criticized Iran and Cuba, along with many other nations, as violators of basic freedoms in 2014 in its annual human rights reports.

Myanmar's parliament blocks changes to constitution

Myanmar parliament votes against charter changes, maintains ban on Suu Kyi becoming president
Aye Aye Win, The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's parliament voted against several constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year.

The legislature ended a 3-day debate on proposed changes to the 2008 constitution, which bars Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from seeking the presidency and gives the military an effective veto over constitutional amendments.

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