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Gay marriages come to halt in Arkansas amid confusion

Little Rock, Ark.

Ruling confuses, puts brakes on gay marriages

The Arkansas Supreme Court refused Wednesday to put on hold a ruling that overturned the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage, but the short-lived ability for same-sex couples to wed in the state still came to a halt amid confusion about what comes next. The justices in their decision offered no direction to the state's county clerks, some of whom asked about a law that threatens fines if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pulaski County, the largest, said it would stop issuing licenses.

Washington

Study: Tropical cyclones on move

Tropical cyclones worldwide are moving out of the tropics and more toward larger populations, likely due to global warming, a surprising new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don't follow the trend. The study found that in each of the past three decades, cyclones peaked 33 miles farther north in the Northern Hemisphere and 38 miles farther south in the Southern Hemisphere, about 100 miles toward more populous areas. The study was released Wednesday by the journal Nature.

Bauchi, Nigeria

Extremists attack schoolgirls' town

Islamic militants again attacked the remote town from which nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped, Nigeria's military said Wednesday, resulting in a firefight that killed 12 soldiers and led angry troops to fire on a commanding officer. The Pentagon says the U.S. is using surveillance drones to aid in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa.

Elsewhere

Washington: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he is thinking about running for president and that by the time 2016 arrives the controversy over last year's George Washington Bridge lane closures "will be a footnote."

Vienna: Iran and six world powers formally began a two-month diplomatic sprint Wednesday to complete a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from developing the ability to build nuclear weapons.

Geneva: More than 33 million people had been forced to flee their homes because of violence at the start of this year, the highest level in 20 years, the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council said Wednesday.

Times wires

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