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Gay couple, same-sex couple

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Judge strikes down Florida's same-sex marriage ban

Gay and lesbian rights advocates continued their undefeated run Thursday when a federal judge ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional -- though he didn't go so far to allow such marriages to take place right away.

Michael Browns parents

KMOV

Michael Brown's mother: AG vowed fair probe

Twelve days after her son died -- a period marked by large, emotional protests but not the arrest of the police officer who killed him -- Michael Brown's mother didn't have faith in authorities.

Kent Brantly, wife

REUTERS/Tami Chappell

U.S. Ebola patients released from hospital

Dr. Kent Brantly walked around the room at Emory University Hospital on Thursday, hugging staff members and shaking hands.

UPS

Emmanuel Tambakakis/CNN

Data breach at UPS Stores in 24 states

United Parcel Service has discovered a computer breach at 51 stores, making Big Brown the latest retailer to lose customer data.

UPS said that the hacking had escaped detection at stores in 24 states, or around 1% of its locations. At most stores, the...

Stocks file 2

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Investors cheer: S&P 500 hits all-time high

If you kept your money in the stock market this summer, you're likely feeling pretty smart now.

Bank of America

John R. Coughlin/CNN

Bank of America to pay $16.65 billion over mortgages

Bank of America's tab for the financial crisis is now nearly $74 billion.

On Thursday, the bank reached a $16.65 billion agreement to pay the biggest settlement in history, adding to what was already a hefty bill for the bank.

The latest agreement sett...

Bowe Bergdahl US Army photo

U.S. Army

GAO: U.S. broke law in Bergdahl prisoner swap

The Pentagon broke federal law by exchanging five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress enough of a heads-up, Congress' independent investigative arm announced Thursday.

Susan Poling, the general counsel for the U.S. Go...

James Foley CNN

U.S. hits ISIS; Foley captors asked millions

The captors of American journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million) for his release, according to GlobalPost spokesman Richard Byrne.

The New Hampshire native, 40, was a freelancer for the online news outlet. He...

Ferguson protests

Adrees Latif/Reuters

We stand with Ferguson, Holder says

We're with you.

That's the message Attorney General Eric Holder says he delivered to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, when he visited to check in on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a...

Sears storefront

Reuters

Sears more 'irrelevant by the day'

The bloodbath at Sears shows no sign of letting up. Shares of the struggling retailer plunged over 8 percent Thursday after its second quarter loss fell short of already-low Wall Street expectations.

Steven Sotloff home

Sotloff friends praise his talent, passion

When freelance journalist Steven Sotloff disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013, his family kept the news a secret.

James Foley in bushes

Courtesy Dan Shakal

White House: No concessions to hostage takers

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not grant concessions to hostage takers."

National News Slideshows

Who was James Foley?

James Foley in helmet

Courtesy Dan Shakal

James Foley was an American photojournalist who went missing in Syria almost two years ago. On Tuesday, August 19th, a video, apparently produced by ISIS as a warning to the US to stop air strikes against the group in Iraq, ended with Foley's beheading. Learn more about the life of the man whose his parents call a 'martyr for freedom.'

Ridiculous 911 calls

Police lights file 2

Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.

On this day: August 21

Lincoln-Douglas Debates postage stamp

U.S. Post Office

Lincoln and Douglas square off for the first time, Oldsmobile begins production, Hawaii becomes a state, and The Mona Lisa and the Mars Observer go missing, all on this day.

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