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Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear two cases regarding same-sex marriage, the New York Times reported.

However the rulings that come out of the hearings will only apply to the states of California and New York, the New York Times reported.

Given the results of last month's election, the country's attitude toward same-sex marriage seems to have changed, the New York Times reported. The majority of Americans reportedly approve same-sex unions.

The issue is important, and the results could impact a generation, the Los Angeles Times via the Associated Press reported.

California lawmakers have reportedly denied themselves an opportunity to defend Proposition 8, the California law that banned same-sex marriage in that state, the Los Angeles TImes via the Associated Press reported.

The current Supreme Court has conservative leanings, yet with the sweeping change that took place in the election, both sides of the issue agree that it is tough to predict where the court will land, the Los Angeles Times via the Associated Press reported.

Google search overlooked in Casey Anthony trial

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Reports surfaced Monday that the Florida sheriff's office that investigated the disappearance of Caylee Anthony overlooked evidence that someone used Casey Anthony's computer to conduct a Google search for "foolproof suffocation," the MSN via the Associated Press reported.

According to MSN via the Associated Press, investigators noted 17 entries for that search term using Internet Explorer as the browser. However, they overlooked 1200 Mozilla Firefox searches, the browser Casey Anthony was reportedly partial to using, for the same term.

The internet activity immediately following the Firefox searches consisted of visits to Myspace, according to MSN via the Associated Press.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that during the trial the prosecution presented a lot of evidence of computer searches Anthony supposedly conducted, but the defense was able rebut all of them.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the missing evidence would not have affected the verdict. Even in light of this evidence, Anthony would still likely have been acquitted, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Four killed, 17 injured in Texas train wreck

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A freight train struck a parade float in Texas Thursday killing four and injuring 17, according to MSN via the Associated Press.

The crash occurred in Midland, Texas, according to the New York TImes.

According to authorities, the parade float was carrying wounded veterans to an honorary banquet, MSN via the Associated Press reported.

An initial investigation indicated that all crossing lights, arms and signals were in proper working order, MSN via the Associated Press.

Two people died at the scene, and two others died at a local hospital, the New York Times reported.

The 17 people who were injured are at Midland Memorial Hospital, according to the New York Times.

Obama re-elected for another term

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President Obama was re-elected for another term Tuesday night, according to CNN.

Other results of the election include Republicans keeping their majority in the House of Representatives, and the Democrats kept control of the Senate, CNN reported.

CNN also speculated that Obama may drive a harder bargain with liberals now that he doesn't need to worry about re-election.

Obama's win seems to shed an even more glaring light on the fact that the Republican party needs some restructuring, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported that Obama's win over Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, was even more narrow than his win four years ago, indicating a country split.

Even though many networks were calling the election in Obama's favor, Romney refused to concede, the New York Times reported.

The New York Times reported that Obama may focus more in his second term on some of the things he under-delivered on in his first term, such as immigration policies.

NYC Marathon canceled following Sandy damage

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Mayor Bloomberg canceled the New York City Marathon late Friday afternoon following growing criticism in the aftermath of Sandy, Bloomberg News reported.

Sandy left residents in several states reeling Monday after dumping rain and snow on much of the eastern seaboard, Bloomberg News reported.

According to Bloomberg News, Mayor Bloomberg felt that hosting the marathon would detract from clean-up happening in all 5 New York boroughs, including Staten Island where the marathon was to be held.

Initially Bloomberg felt that choosing to host the marathon would be a reason for New Yorkers to come together, according to Kare 11 via the Associated Press.

However after mounting dissent from residents, some who still don't have electricity almost a week after the storm, Bloomberg decided to cancel the marathon, according to Kare 11 via the Associated Press.

Suspect arrested in Jessica Ridgeway murder

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Colorado police arrested a 17-year-old community college student Tuesday on suspicion of murdering Jessica Ridgeway, USA Today reported.

Ridgeway disappeared earlier this month on her way to school. Her body was recovered five days after she disappeared, USA Today said.

Police identified the suspect as Austin Reed Sigg, who is a student at Arapahoe Community College, USA Today said.

Police arrested Sigg Tuesday evening, after receiving a call from Sigg's mother, USA Today reported.

"I made the call, and he turned himself in," Mindy Sigg said, according to the Star Tribune via the Associated Press. "That's all I have to say."

Colorado police say they believe Sigg was involved in another crime in May. An unidentified Colorado woman was jogging near the Ketner Lake Open Space when she claims a man attacked her from behind and attempted to subdue her with rags doused in chemicals, according the Star Tribune via the Associated Press.

Judge hands down verdict in Sandusky case

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Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, according to The Washington Post

Sandusky, a former football coach at Penn State, was convicted in June of over 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys, according to The New York Times. Sandusky's sentence could last as long as 60 years.

Despite his conviction and sentencing, Sandusky maintains his innocence.

The Washington Post reported that Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, plans to file an appeal as he feels the defense did not have enough time to properly prepare.

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