Both sides say Irish gay-marriage referedum wins resounding victory

Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015. Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution. Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment should be approved by the required majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)The issue attracts sweeping support, advocates and opponents say.



Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)The Senate struggles unsuccessfully early Saturday to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs.



Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, which they captured days earlier, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.



Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

Crew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline LP , officials said.



Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond.



50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper
Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, up to 36 percent in some communities. Alameda County Water District officials told the newspaper that the agency reported the incident, which caused the water to run into the San Francisco Bay, to police around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Fierce gunbattle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory

Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015. At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen at the ranch. (AP Photo/Oscar Pantoja Segundo)ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) — The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.



GOP presidential candidate defends Josh Duggar



Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.



Moore endures under ‘the mercy of the sky’

169581304SO00012_Residents_Known as the “tornado alley of tornado alley,” Moore, Okla., has been hit by six major tornadoes since 1998. In an adaptation from her new book, “The Mercy of the Sky,” Yahoo News correspondent Holly Bailey writes about the emotional toll on her hometown as it waits for the next big storm.



L.A. looking to 2016 to end the Bay Area’s lock on California politics

When Sen. Barbara Boxer announced on Jan. 8 that she would be retiring after her current term ends in 2016, Democrats in Southern California quietly rejoiced.



Clinton received sensitive info on private email account
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

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