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British Parliament passes bill legalizing same-sex marriage

Britain advances same-sex bill

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote in the House of Commons — 400-175 — will be followed by more detailed parliamentary debates. The proposals also require the approval of the House of Lords. About half of the lawmakers in Cameron's Conservative Party rejected the proposals or abstained. The measure, which exempts the Church of England and other faiths from an obligation to perform ceremonies, puts Britain on track to join European nations such as Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Two Great Lakes hit record lows

Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation. Measurements taken last month show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since recordkeeping began in 1918. The lakes were 29 inches below their long-term average and had declined 17 inches since January 2012. The other Great Lakes — Superior, Erie and Ontario — were also well below average.

Credit card info of sheriff stolen

The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" has apparently been the victim of credit card fraud. Maricopa County authorities in Phoenix said Sheriff Joe Arpaio's credit card information was stolen and used to make a $291 transaction at a Chicago grocery store last weekend. Arpaio said that he hasn't been to Chicago since 1957 and that Discover Card representatives alerted him to possible fraudulent activity. It's unclear how the thief or thieves obtained the card number.

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    Bucs

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