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Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across ...

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Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player active in NBA

JOE RESNICK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Jason Collins played only 10½ minutes in his first game with the Brooklyn Nets, it was a groundbreaking appearance. Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, and Deron Williams had a season-high 30 ...

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Preds goalie Rinne cleared for increased activity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been cleared by doctors to increase his physical activity, and now Nashville has to decide what’s next for the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. The Predators announced that Rinne had been cleared for the next step of his recovery after meeting with ...

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Trial begins for accused Campbell County school shooter

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of a former Campbell County High School student who is accused of fatally shooting an assistant principal. Police say Kenneth Bartley was 14 years old when he gunned down vice principal Ken Bruce and wounded two assistant principals ...

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UT Sex Week organizers to be condemned after House vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has voted to condemn the student organizers of a weeklong program about sex at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The resolution sponsored by Republican Rep. Richard Floyd of Chattanooga was approved on a 69-17 vote on the evening of Monday, Feb. 24. Opponents ...

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Health aide charged in Tenn. girl’s death in court

ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The lawyer for a home health aide charged with murder in the case of a disabled Tennessee girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores said Monday he will dispute his client’s liability in the death. Chasara Jones cried as Shelby ...

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