ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — More than 20 people are reported dead after an explosion at a shopping mall in Nigeria's capital of Abuja (ah-BOO'-juh). It's the latest in a series of violent attacks blamed on Islamic extremists. Two separate explosions in the capital in April killed more than 120 people and wounded about 200 at a busy bus station.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police and hospital officials say a suicide bomber has struck at an outdoor market south of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 25. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of Sunni militants who have for years targeted security forces and Shiite civilians. The attack is certain to further stoke sectarian tensions in Iraq, and particularly in Baghdad, as the Shiite-led government struggles to come up with a military response to this month's blitz across the north and west of the country by Sunni militants.
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court says states must allow gay couples to marry. The court in Denver found that the Constitution protects same-sex relationships. It brings the battle over same-sex marriages a step closer to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the court clerk in Indiana's Marion County has started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A federal judge today struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages -- allowing those weddings to take place immediately.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One private economist says there's plenty of evidence that the first quarter of the year was just a "temporary setback" for the economy. Stuart Hoffman of PNC Financial says the economy appears to be "climbing out of the hole" now. Today's report that the economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter is being taken in stride on Wall Street, where stocks have been moderately higher in afternoon trading.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he intends to file a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress. The suit would be filed on behalf of the Republican-controlled House. Boehner provided no details of the claims to be made in the suit. Republicans have accused Obama of selectively enforcing the health care law that bears his name, and doing the same with immigration legislation.
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