Local same-sex couple responds to U.S. Supreme Court ruling (VIDEO)

Carrie Nassiff (left) and Natalie McCall (right) getting married in Des Moines, Iowa.  The couple drove out of state five years ago to obtain an Iowa marriage license.

By RICKY KERR Hays Post The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that all 50 states must authorize and recognize gay and lesbian marriages will go down in history as a major turning point in the ongoing fight for LGBT civil rights. For the first time in American history, states are required to provide and recognize […]

Two Dead After Shooting At Virginia Tech

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A law enforcement official says the gunman who fled after killing a police officer on the Virginia Tech campus is believed to be dead. After the officer was shot today, authorities found a second body in a campus parking lot. It’s not clear if that second body was that of the gunman. The shooting triggered […]

Gas Prices Continue To Drop

(AP) – The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped nine cents over the past two weeks. That’s according to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, released Sunday, which puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.29. Midgrade costs an average of $3.46 a gallon and premium was at $3.57. […]

Another Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma

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(AP) – Another small earthquake has been reported in Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.2 magnitude quake struck just before 6 a.m. Sunday about 27 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no damage was reported On Saturday, a 2.4 magnitude tremor was recorded at about 7 a.m. about […]

Occupy Protests Cost Cities Millions

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(AP) – A survey by The Associated Press shows the Occupy movement has cost local taxpayers nationwide at least $13 million since the protests began. The data was collected from government agencies in 18 cities with active protests. The numbers reflect costs incurred through Nov. 15, the day protesters were evicted from the New York […]

Higher Prices Don’t Deter Thanksgiving Travelers

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(AP) – Whether on the highway or at home, Americans will pay more to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. But higher gas prices and costlier airfare are not stopping millions of people from traveling for the holiday. About 42.5 million people are expected to drive, fly or ride trains to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to travel […]

Unemployment Drops In Majority of States

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(AP) — Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only five. Rates were unchanged in nine states. That’s the best showing since April, when […]

Debts Talks Likely To Fail; Stocks Drop

(AP) — It’s just about over for a special deficit-reduction supercommittee, which appears set to admit failure in its quest to sop up at least $1.2 trillion in government red ink over the coming decade. The bipartisan 12-member panel is sputtering to a close after two months of talks in which key members and top […]

Retail Sales Increase In October

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(AP) – Americans spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in October, pushing retail sales up for a fifth straight month. The Commerce Department says retail sales increased 0.5 percent. Auto sales rose 0.4 percent. Excluding autos, sales rose 0.6 percent, the best showing since March. Sales increased even though department stores and specialty […]

Supreme Court Takes On Health Care Overhaul

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(AP) – The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term. This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House’s […]

GM Recalls Thousands of Cars

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(AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,400 Pontiac G8 models to reprogram the front-passenger air-bag module. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that the air-bag modules for the 2008 and 2009 models might not comply with federal standards for head injury protection. No complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported related to […]

“60 Minutes” Commentator Andy Rooney Dies

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(AP) – Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old. Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes With Andy […]