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Tony Atkins Briefly Became CA's First Out Governor

POLITICS | By Justin Snow | Aug 1
California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D), who is gay, served as the state's governor for about 8 hours while those Democratic officials above her in the line of succession were traveling outside of the state.

Uganda Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law

INTERNATIONAL | By Rodney Muhumuza | Aug 1
A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

Study: Reading 'Harry Potter' Books Leads to Tolerance in Children

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Aug 1
Forget the whole witchcraft thing. The religious right has a whole new reason to hate the "Harry Potter" series of books.

An Ukrainian government army military vehicle travels across a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Large Expert Team Reaches Ukraine Crash Site

A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

27 Palestinians Killed as Gaza Truce Unravels

INTERNATIONAL | By Ibrahim Barzak and Daniel Estrin | Aug 1
A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect.

President Barack Obama signs an executive order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington.

Obama Order Presses Contractors to Obey Labor Laws

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Aug 1
President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers.

Uganda Court to Rule on Legality of Anti-Gay Law

INTERNATIONAL | By Rodney Muhumuza | Aug 1
A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.

Musab Masari, pictured in a video stil taken at Neighbours on New Year's.

Seattle Gay Nightclub Arsonist Gets 10 Years in Prison

CRIME | Aug 1
A man who set fire to a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been sentenced to 10 years in prison - twice what prosecutors asked.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court.

Ginsburg: High Court Won't 'Duck' Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | By Mark Sherman | Jul 31
The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

Challenge to NJ Gay Conversion Ban for Minors is Dismissed

NATIONAL | Jul 31
For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.