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Same-Sex Marriage At High Court: How A Case Can Fizzle


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A discussion by Supreme Court justices about walking away from a case challenging California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage offers a rare glimpse at the court's opaque internal workings.

Justice Anthony Kennedy was among those who suggested that the court could get rid of the case without deciding anything about same-sex unions.

His comment came after months of buildup and a mountain of legal briefs.

The court on Wednesday concluded two days of arguments involving gay marriage. Wednesday's argument was over a constitutional challenge to a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

A majority of the court appeared likely to rule that legally married gay couples should be able to receive a range of benefits that the law currently reserves for straight married couples.


Ex-prosecutor: Death Penalty Decision Wrenching In Colorado Shooting Case

DENVER (AP) -- Suspected Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is willing to spend the rest of his life in prison if it means there's no chance he'll be executed.

Now prosecutors have to decide whether that's a deal they're willing to make.

Holmes' attorneys disclosed in a court filing Wednesday that their client has offered to plead guilty to killing 12 people at a midnight movie, but only if there's no chance he'll be executed.

As prosecutors try to decide, they'll likely be listening to the families of the victims and survivors. Several of them were divided on Wednesday on whether prosecutors should accept the plea bargain.

In addition to the 12 killed, 70 were injured, some seriously. 


BUCKWILD Cast Member Lands Back in W.Va. Jail


FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) -- A "BUCKWILD" cast member is back behind bars.

Twenty-four-year-old Salwa Amin was sent back to Central Regional Jail on Wednesday after violating the terms of her previous release.

Amin was charged last month with two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and initially jailed on $200,000 bond. Defense attorney Michael Callaghan got that reduced to $100,000.

He didn't immediately return messages Wednesday, but a jail official says a warrant shows Amin violated the release conditions by failing to appear in court.

A judge ordered her back to jail, where she's being held without bond.

State Police say a multi-agency task force arrested Amin and two other people at a Summersville residence after receiving a tip from an informant. A search found oxycodone pills, heroin and $3,000 in cash.



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