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In Reversal, Hallmark Will Reinstate Same-Sex Marriage Ads

NEW YORK — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. “The Crown Media team has been agonizing o...
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California Democratic Donor Charged With Running Drug House

LOS ANGELES — A West Hollywood man who made prominent donations to the Democratic Party was charged Tuesday with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses. Edward Buck, who was arrested at his home Tuesday, should be held on $4 million bail becau...
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Modesto City Council Bans Weapons, Masks at Rallies

 Modesto has banned firearms, glass bottles, baseball bats, and other items that can be used as weapons at rallies and protests. The Modesto City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday that also prohibits part...
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Nicki Minaj Pulls out of Saudi Arabia Concert

NEW YORK — Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better ed...
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Mormons Repeal Ban on Baptisms for Children of Gay Parents

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion. The surprise announcement by the faith widely know...