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In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict Wilson. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)The Ferguson police officer remains out of sight as the grand jury decision looms.


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This 1974 photo provided by California Western School of Law shows Michael Hanline with his then girlfriend, now wife Sandee. Prosecutors in Southern California say Hanline, who has spent 36 years behind bars for murder, was wrongly convicted and could be released next week. The Ventura County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 that new evidence resulted in a judge overturning the conviction of the 69-year-old Hanline. (AP Photo/California Western School of Law)DNA evidence and the discovery of suppressed documents have exonerated Michael Ray Hanline in the 1978 murder case that landed him in prison for over three decades, authorities said.


2014-11-20 11:21:53 -0700

Jennifer Rose, a county government employee and Sara Meadows, a teacher, file a marriage license application in CharlestonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding. The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. "We're really thrilled," said Jeff Ayers, board chairman of South Carolina Equality. "This proves that all the way to the highest court, these were our rights from the beginning. ...


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