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Boy, 4, accidentally kills Tenn. deputy's wife

Demonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court last month as the justices heard arguments on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally wed same-sex couples from receiving certain benefits by defining marriage as between a man and woman.

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Demonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court last month as the justices heard arguments on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally wed same-sex couples from receiving certain benefits by defining marriage as between a man and woman.

Boy, 4, shoots wife of deputy

A 4-year-old boy grabbed a loaded gun at a family cookout in Lebanon, Tenn., and shot and killed the wife of a sheriff's deputy, authorities said Monday. Investigators said Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning on Saturday was showing his weapons to a relative in a bedroom of his home when the boy came in and picked up a gun off the bed. Sheriff Robert Bryan said the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning. The child is not related to her or her husband. The guns were normally stored in a safe, and the one that was fired was not Fanning's service weapon, authorities said.

Chile exhumes body of poet

Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. A team of forensic pathologists gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept. 23, 1973, with the cause listed as complications from prostate cancer. But charges brought in 2011 by former chauffeur Manuel Araya that the poet may have received a lethal injection caused Judge Mario Carroza to order an investigation.

Bandits make off with $2.6 million

About 10 bandits armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles stole an estimated $2.6 million Monday by setting a big-rig truck on fire to block a highway in northern Italy and then blowing open an armored truck, a company official said. No one was injured in the heist near the town of Saronno, said Marco Meletti, a spokesman for the Gruppo Battistolli armored transport company. Some news reports put the amount of booty at $13 million but Meletti denied that figure.

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