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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law. Judge Timothy Black today stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black made an exception for the four couples who filed the February lawsuit that led to the court case, ordering Ohio to immediately list both spouses in each relationship as parents on their children's birth certificates. All other married gay couples in Ohio will probably have to wait months for an appeals court ruling.

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities in Boston are charging a man with possession of a hoax explosive device, after his arrest yesterday near the Boston Marathon finish line. Police say he was carrying a rice cooker, on the anniversary of the Marathon bombings that were carried out with two pressure cookers. His mother says Kayvon Edison has bipolar disorder.

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Survivors of a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea are describing how they jumped into the frigid water wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat. But there may have been many others on board who weren't able to escape. Nearly 300 people are still missing after the ferry, carrying 462 people, sank while on an overnight trip to a tourist island. Most of those on board were high school students. At least four people are confirmed dead.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39. The medical examiner's office announced two more victims today and said it's trying to identify three of the bodies. The sheriff's office still lists seven people as missing from the March 22 landslide that buried dozens of homes in the community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 751-foot cargo ship has run aground in Virginia Beach, Va., coming to rest just a few hundred feet from the beach. The Coast Guard is blaming a thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 miles an hour for the grounding of the bulk carrier and a collision involving two other vessels about an hour earlier. People living in nearby condos and apartments have been flocking to the beach to take pictures of the cargo ship.

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