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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With the Supreme Court taking up the same-sex marriage issue this term, Alabama's attorney general wants a federal judge to put the brakes on a ruling in his state that topples a ban on the marriages. The judge's decision Friday reverberated through the Deep South state, where 81 percent of state voters in 2006 approved inserting a ban on gay marriage into the Alabama Constitution.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Privacy advocates are calling for even more of it on the government's health insurance website. The administration reversed course yesterday and scaled back the release of personal information from, after The Associated Press reported that such details as consumers' income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in the data. Privacy advocates say it's a good first step but does not resolve the issue.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fast-moving coastal storm is bringing a nasty mix of weather to much of the East, including rain sleet and snow. North of Baltimore is where forecasters are warning of icy or snowy conditions including the possibility of several inches of snow in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The military says two Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Southern California. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing chopper was carrying just the two when it went down late yesterday afternoon at the base in Twentynine Palms. There was no immediate word on a cause of the crash.

TOKYO (AP) — A deadline has passed but the Islamic State group extremists holding two Japanese hostages for ransom remain silent on their fate. The extremist threatened to kill the men unless $200 million was paid while Japan promises not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue the hostages.

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