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Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Controversial execution drug OK, divided Supreme Court says; 2 justices question death penalty
Mark Sherman, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Supreme Court ruling makes Pride parades historic, jubilant

San Francisco, Chicago and New York are among US cities hosting historic gay 'Pride' events
Janie Har, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Rainbows and good cheer will be out in force this weekend as hundreds of thousands of people pack gay pride events from New York City to Seattle, San Francisco to Chicago to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Organizers of San Francisco's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade, just called "Pride," expect about 1 million revelers. It will have 240 groups marching in the parade and more than 30 floats, its largest in 45 years.

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."

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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