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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling. Today's decision comes as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Alabama attorney general's office says the state will seek to put a hold on the decision pending the outcome of the Supreme Court's ruling which will ultimately decide the case.

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says a vote in Congress for fresh sanctions against his country will kill a likely nuclear deal with the West and trigger a counteraction from Iran's parliament. The U.S. and Iran are hoping the nuclear talks, which also involve five other nations, can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say the increased number of airstrikes in northern Iraq this past week is the beginning of a broader effort to disrupt Islamic State supply lines ahead of an expected operation later this year to take back Mosul. Meanwhile, the Pentagon says U.S. efforts to train Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to fight the militants are moving forward,

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine are rejecting a previously signed peace deal and launching a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops. The main separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region is vowing to push Ukrainian soldiers out of the area and he says insurgents will not take part in any more cease-fire talks.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal safety regulators are ordering a Wyoming pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. Bridger Pipeline says it had planned to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents. That improvement will now be mandatory.

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