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High court weighs same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:46am

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would allow gay and lesbian couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to begin getting married almost immediately. Rulings in their favor have been put on hold while the Supreme Court considers their cases. Ginsburg appeared to be addressing that concern when she said in July that the court would not duck the issue as it did for years with bans on interracial marriage. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now.

Weak demand hits factory activity across Asia, Europe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:46am

Workers look at machines moving newly made raw bricks at a factory in HuaibeiBy Sumanta Dey and Wayne Cole BANGALORE/LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dwindling demand hurt factory activity across much of Asia and Europe in September, and mixed manufacturing indicators in the Americas on Wednesday raised the chances of slower global economic growth in the months ahead. China's manufacturing sector barely expanded, while Britain's slumped, and the drop in new orders did not even spare Germany, the strongest member of the euro zone currency bloc, or France, its No. 2 economy. Euro zone factories' final September purchasing managers' index from private data vendor Markit was ...

Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weeks-source

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:46am

Protesters sit under umbrellas at a main street at Mongkok shopping district after thousand of protesters blocked the road in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities will not immediately move to clear tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupying large areas of the city, and will let them stay for weeks if need be, a source with ties to leader Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday. In contrast, students spearheading the protest movement ratcheted up pressure on Leung, saying they would occupy more government buildings unless the Beijing-backed chief executive stepped down by Thursday night. ...

Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:45am

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Despite deeply strained relations, the president and prime minister stand united on the US-led campaign to defeat Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) are meeting at a challenging time and says Israel is in a "turbulent neighborhood."

Slovakia sees 50 pct drop in Russian gas supplies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:44am

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia says it has seen a 50 percent drop in Russian gas supplies in the past day.