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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is vowing revenge for the death of a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State extremist group. A video online today purportedly showed the pilot being burned to death by his captors. It's a video that may be aimed at building pressure from within Jordan for the country to leave the U.S.-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group. The airstrikes against fellow Muslims are not popular in Jordan.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is asking the Supreme Court to let the state keep blocking same-sex marriages until the high court issues a ruling on gay marriage later this year. The filing came after a federal appeals court refused to issue a stay on a judge's decision overturning the state ban on gay marriage. That paved the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least one possible area of common ground is emerging as Obama administration officials testify before Congress about the president's budget for next year. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, says he agrees with President Barack Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children. But aside from that, there's little sign of cooperation. The Republican head of the Senate Budget Committee says Obama "wants us to owe -- more, and more and more."

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the House prepares today for a vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, Obama is arguing that the effort to wipe out the law "makes absolutely no sense." He was surrounded at the White House today by ten Americans from across the country who wrote him letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act. The House bill appears headed for defeat in the Senate, and faces a veto threat from Obama.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-five years after the release of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," a second novel from author Harper Lee is going to be published. It's called "Go Set a Watchman." She actually wrote it before "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- but it is essentially a sequel. The character Scout is featured as an adult woman. Lee says she had put the novel aside after writing "To Kill a Mockingbird," and didn't know it still existed until it was discovered recently by a friend.

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