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Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds La.'s Ban On Gay Marriage

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that sexual orientation has not been found to be a protected class and that the state has a legitimate interest in keeping marriage between a man and a woman.

Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn't new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

The decision is the first break in a string of more than two dozen federal court rulings that have struck down same-sex-marriage bans in other states over the past year.

Ebola Stops Mercer University Outreach

Mercer University is suspending education related mission work in Liberia in the wake of the West African Ebola epidemic.

What Does It Mean To Prevent 'The Next Michael Brown'?

The coverage around the shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Missouri has followed a familiar trajectory, and it doesn't let us wrestle with the larger issues that swirl around it.

CVS Quits Cigarettes, Adjusting To New Health Care Landscape

CVS has changed its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. On the very same day, the company has also fulfilled a promise it made earlier this year: No more cigarettes on its store shelves.

Calm After Ebola Storm: Quarantined Neighborhood Opens Up

They were angry about the treatment center. They didn't all believe the virus was real. But after protests, violence and a quarantine, many residents of West Point are no longer Ebola doubters.

Michael Sam Added To Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad

The NFL's first openly gay player was released by the St. Louis Rams last week. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said the decision to add Sam to the practice roster "is about football."

Minneapolis Police Make An Effort To Hire More Minority Officers

The Minneapolis Police Department is replenishing its ranks after losing several dozen veteran officers to retirement this year. The department is not as racially diverse as the city as a whole.