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Reelz Comes to the Rescue of Homeless Miss USA Pageant

NATIONAL | By Lynn Elber | Jul 2
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Entering 2016 Presidential Race

POLITICS | By Scott Bauer | Jul 2
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said.

Watch Glitter Shooting Penis in Safe-Sex PSA That's Causing a Stir in Norway

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 2
A giant glitter-ejaculating penis that is being used as part of a public service announcement to promote safe-sex is causing a stir in Norway where the PSA is being broadcast.

Right-Winger Blames Taiwan Water Park Fire on US Gay Marriage

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 2
According to one right-winger, God hates the United States Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage so much he's burning people in China over it.

Greek Vote Campaign Begins Amid Grinding Cash Crisis

INTERNATIONAL | By Elena Becatoros | Jul 2
The battle for Greek votes was in full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.

Many but Not All in GOP Object as US, Cuba Plan Embassies

POLITICS | By Alan Fram | Jul 2
Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations.

China Gay Couple Holds Informal Marriage to Push for Union

INTERNATIONAL | By Didi Tang | Jul 2
A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.

Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

RELIGION | By Brady McCombs and Rachel Zoll | Jul 2
The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic Leaders to Pressure '16 Field

RELIGION | By Thomas Beaumont and Rachel Zoll | Jul 2
Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call on candidates for president to follow Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.

5th Circuit Tells Courts to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

NATIONAL | By Jeff Amy | Jul 2
A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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