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Federal judge could give green light to gay marriage in Wisconsin

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge will hold a hearing on Friday when she could give the green light to gay marriage in Wisconsin a week after she declared state's ban unconstitutional. The permanent injunction hearing by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb could legally define whether county clerks are now allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses throughout state as many have been doing already since her decision last week. In her ruling striking down Wisconsin's 2006 ban on gay marriage, Crabb did not say whether county clerks were allowed to issue marriage licenses or prohibited until further rulings, leaving it up to county clerks throughout the state to decide whether to issue licenses or not.

Qaeda claims recent attack on Tunisia minister's home

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said Friday it was responsible for a recent attack on the home of Tunisia's interior minister that killed four policemen, the first such claim in the country. "A group of lions... went to cut off the head of the criminal Lotfi Ben Jeddou at his home... and God allowed them to kill a number of his personal guards," an AQIM statement said. The statement, posted on a jihadist Internet forum, said the May 27 attack on the house in the western border region of Kasserine, had also wounded other guards and that weapons had been seized. And it said that "entering into open war against Islam and its partisans to please the United States, France or Algeria, will cost dearly."

Bergdahl arrives in Texas: Pentagon

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, has arrived at an Army medical center in Texas where he will receive further treatment, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Bergdahl left Ramstein Air Base in Germany aboard a military plane on Thursday afternoon and arrived early on Friday in San Antonio, where he will be cared for at the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Spain's public debt hits record, trade deficit grows

Spain's public debt hit a new record in the first quarter of this year, reaching 96.8 percent of economic output, the central bank said on Friday. Spain kept its debt relatively low before a real estate crash in 2008, at 36.3 percent of gross domestic product in 2007, but it has since soared in a double recession that ended last year. Financial concerns over Spain have calmed since the height of the crisis in 2012, however. The interest rates demanded by investors to lend to Spain have eased, making officials confident it can refinance its debts.

Ukraine inflicts 'high casualties' on rebels

Ukraine's interior minister said on Friday that federal forces had inflicted "high casualties" on separatist rebels led by a Chechen commander in the southeastern port of Mariupol. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the "active phase" of the offensive began at dawn and was still raging three hours later. He added that two Ukrainian soldiers from the part-volunteer National Guard force were wounded in the fighting. "The terrorists from the Donetsk People's Republic are being headed by a criminal boss known as 'The Chechen,'" Avakov wrote in a Facebook post.

U.S. Aircraft Could Strike Iraq Tomorrow

The Iraqi government wants U.S. air power to help stop the terror groups taking over their cities. It wouldn’t take long to deliver air support, if Obama gives the green light.

OITNB’s New Villain Speaks

What goes into portraying one of the most terrifying villains on TV? Lorraine Toussaint explains the psyche behind Vee, the ‘Orange Is the New Black’ character we love to hate.

The Entire GOP Could Get Cantor’d

Eric Cantor lost because hard-core voters think his kind keep selling out to Obama. The idea is insane as they are.

Uber: Resistance Is Futile

The cabbies’ uprising in cities across Europe showed one thing in common: Taxi cartels everywhere are doomed.

Cast Out by the Mormon Kangaroo Court

Two Mormon activists may be thrown out of the church if they don’t shut up about their causes, but they say they have no plans to change their tune.

How OITNB Flubbed Compassionate Release

A distressing scene from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ in which an elderly inmate with Alzheimer’s is turned out onto the street to die probably wouldn’t have happened in real life.

Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?

The garage rock singer-guitarist virtuoso’s solo LP, Lazaretto, is impressive. Is the former White Stripes front man the last of a dying breed?

The Kabokovs' ‘Strange City’

The art world is changing—museums are getting bigger and artists are taking on more “outside” projects. For their Monumenta exhibit, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov explore the good old days.

Autism Speaks, but Should We Listen?

In under a decade, it’s become America’s most recognizable autism advocacy organization. But some opponents say its research tactics and spending habits are more hurtful than helpful.

ISIS's Secret Allies

The Iraqi extremist group didn't conquer a major chunk of the country on their own. They had help – from ex-Saddamites, tribal councils, and other militants.

Militants 'ready for new assault on Iraq's Samarra'

Samarra (Iraq) (AFP) - Militants were gathering Friday for a new attempt to take the Iraqi city of Samarra, home to a revered Shiite shrine whose 2006 bombing sparked a sectarian war, witnesses said. A major offensive launched by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and its allies late Monday has overrun second city Mosul and a swathe of northern and north-central Iraq. Witnesses in the Dur area, between militant-held Tikrit and Samarra, said they saw "countless" vehicles carrying militants south during the night. And witnesses in Samarra, just 110 kilometres (70 miles) north of Baghdad, said gunmen were gathering to the north, east and southeast of the city.

US mulls 'all options' as militants move nearer to Baghdad

Jihadists pushed towards Baghdad on Friday as President Barack Obama said he was exploring all options to save Iraq's security forces from collapse and US companies evacuated hundreds from a major air base. With militants closing in on the capital, forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region took control of a swathe of territory they have sought to rule for decades against the objections of successive governments in Baghdad. Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari acknowledged that the security forces Washington invested billions of dollars in training and equipping before withdrawing its own troops in 2011 had simply melted away. Obama said Iraq was going to need "more help from the United States and from the international community."

Quick turnaround gives McCarthy edge in GOP race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.

Outside the VA, waits for doctors can vary widely

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just veterans who sometimes have to wait for health care. Depending on where you live and what kind of care you want, in parts of the country it's not always easy for new patients to get a quick appointment.