Legal fights over gay marriage spread across US

State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Now, in 29 states, judges are being asked whether gays should have the right to marry.

Economy Jobs

US unemployment aid applications rise to 326,000

Applications rose 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes after applications fell to their lowest level since May 2007 two weeks ago.

Police: Man stole bread truck, made deliveries

Wearing only his underwear, New Yorker Bastar allegedly began dropping off baguettes, whole-wheat rolls and sourdough bread. He eventually distributed the entire $8,000 worth of baked goods — but not to the bakery’s customers.

‘Happy’ video arrests highlight tensions in Iran

Criticism outside Iran was predictably swift Wednesday, with calls for freedom for the jailed youths zipping around social media. Williams tweeted: “It’s beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

AP Veterans Health Care

Fix to veterans’ health care takes on new resolve

Obama had remained publicly silent on the veterans issue for three weeks, even as he assigned Nabors to oversee a review of VA health care and sent Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Capitol Hill to reassure anxious lawmakers.

AP Eric Shinseki

Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

“I will not stand for it — not as commander in chief but also not as an American,” Obama said following an Oval Office meeting with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

AP Emily Post Business Etiquette

Emily Post Institute updates business etiquette

Great-great-granddaughter Lizzie Post said an update was needed to take into account the explosion in social media and digital communications, along with a more casual work environment in many fields.

Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes.

City clerk resigns with colorful email

“I wish the City the best of luck in finding some schmuck eager to transcribe every last misogynistic joke, self-indulgent anecdote, and pathetic pandering attempt by Council.”

US special forces may get ‘Iron Man’ suit

Today, elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user’s vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.

Gov’t: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

Under new regulations proposed Wednesday by the Transportation Department, detailed fee information would have to be provided wherever passengers buy tickets, whether online, on the phone or in person.

2 bomb blasts in Nigeria kill at least 118

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombs, but they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group that has been waging a bombing campaign in Africa’s most populous nation.

Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge

Jones declined to put his ruling on hold during a potential appeal by the governor’s office, which defended the ban in court. The order was therefore expected to go into immediate effect Tuesday, unless Republican Gov. Tom Corbett successfully moved for a stay while he appealed.