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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Add another state to the list of those who have had their bans against same-sex marriage struck down in federal court. A federal judge in Montgomery, Alabama, has ruled in favor of two women who challenged Alabama's ban. The state refused to recognize their California marriage. A spokesman for the attorney general issued a statement expressing disappointment in the decision and saying the state will seek to prevent it from being implemented.

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman has been sentenced to four years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. FBI agents say 19-year-old Shannon Conley wanted to marry a man she met online who told her he was fighting with the extremists. She repeatedly told agents she wanted to fight alongside him or use her skills as a nurse's aide to help.

LONDON (AP) — The number of arrests in Britain last year for suspected Syria-related terror offenses increased by a factor of six. Scotland Yard says police made 165 arrests across the country for offenses including the financing, commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and attending a terrorist training camp. That compares to 25 Syria-related arrests in 2013. Police say most of the disrupted plots appeared to be inspired or directed from overseas.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Days after an agreement to withdraw heavy weapons from the border in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists and government forces are battling again. A key separatist leader is vowing that he won't engage in peace talks again.

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man released today after being wrongly convicted in 1976 of stabbing two women to death says he wants to go swimming and to sleep in a real bed. A lawyer who has worked on Joseph Sledge's case for more than a decade proved through DNA testing that Sledge was innocent. A jail house informant who testified against him also recanted.

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