Gay marriage ruling could have explosive effect

If the Supreme Court, which will begin hearing arguments Tuesday, rules against gay couples’ constitutional right to get to married, advocates say it will be a legal and political “mess” if the ability to decide reverts back to the states.

    Justices Kennedy and Scalia and their divide on gay rights

    They’ve been on the high court for decades, but one issue divides and defines them like no other.

    Assad’s hold looks shakier as rebels advance in Syria

    The developments may force the United States to refocus on the unresolved war.

    World Heritage sites reduced to rubble after devastating earthquake in Nepal

    PHOTOS | The 7.8-magnitude quake Saturday killed thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of years of history.

      Death toll tops 4,200 in Nepal earthquake

      Death toll tops 4,200 in Nepal earthquake

      Aftershocks continued to strike the region, and the number of dead was expected to rise as crews struggled to reach remote areas.

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      ‘Another life gone’: Hundreds gather for Freddie Gray funeral in Baltimore

      ‘Another life gone’: Hundreds gather for Freddie Gray funeral in Baltimore

      Many mourners never knew him, but attended the service to protest the circumstances of his death.

      All people say their transit system is the worst. So is Metro really so bad?

      All people say their transit system is the worst. So is Metro really so bad?

      A national transit expert says that compared to a half dozen other
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      Man, 69, punched in the face on a Metro escalator at Eastern Market

      Man, 69, punched in the face on a Metro escalator at Eastern Market

      Surveillance video shows the victim falling down on the escalator after the alleged altercation on Friday.

      National accreditation board suspends all DNA testing at D.C. lab

      National accreditation board suspends all DNA testing at D.C. lab

      The crime lab has a month to correct findings of inadequate procedures and poorly trained employees.

      Police: Man dead on Md. golf course was trying to free his car from mud

      The engine of car driven by Frank Bartee, 70, caught fire; his family reported him missing the day before.

      More than 50 Sweet Briar faculty file a lawsuit to keep the college open

      More than 50 Sweet Briar faculty file a lawsuit to keep the college open

      The group claims that shuttering the college is a breach of contract and seeks $40 million in damages.

      ‘It was time for me to go’: Inside the world of homeless teen mothers

      ‘It was time for me to go’: Inside the world of homeless teen mothers

      Homeless adolescent mothers are more at risk of sexual abuse, mental health issues and dropping out.

      5 free things to do this week

      5 free things to do this week

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      Financial arms race could drag out GOP’s 2016 primary season

      Financial arms race could drag out GOP’s 2016 primary season

      The GOP presidential race, designed to be a tidy affair, is instead shaping up to be a slog.

      Carly Fiorina claims not ‘a single regulation’ has ever been repealed

      Carly Fiorina claims not ‘a single regulation’ has ever been repealed

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      Bruce Jenner’s interview showed why some people love the Kardashians

      Bruce Jenner’s interview showed why some people love the Kardashians

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      Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

      Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

      Even unseen, the encyclical is drawing fire from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

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