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Yes supporters celebrate the news at Dublin Castle Square in Ireland on Saturday. Ireland voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world’s first national vote on the issue. Associated Press

Irish voters approve gay marriage, putting country in vanguard (w/video)

DUBLIN — Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change. With the final ballots counted, the vote was  …


  1. Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations


    SAN MARCOS, Texas — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.

    David Barry consoles his 5-year-old daughter, Marley, while she tries to sleep in a flood evacuee room created at the San Marcos Activity Center, Sunday May 24, 2015, in San Marcos, Texas. The Barry family was evacuated from their apartment at 4 a.m. Sunday morning and was waiting to hear if they could return. (Erika Rich/Austin American-Statesman via AP)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT  TXAUS306
  2. Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch


    MORELIA, Mexico — One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.

    Vehicles burn, that authorities say caught fire during a gunbattle, in a warehouse at Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015. At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen at the ranch. (AP Photo/Oscar Pantoja Segundo) XLAT125
  3. David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute (w/video)


    INDIANAPOLIS — David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.

    David Letterman, who ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, waves to fans as he walks through the pit area before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) NAA117
  4. Prosecutors face tough task in Texas biker gang shootout


    WACO, Texas — After a gunfight between rival motorcycle gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded more than 170 people. Now as they sit in jail on organized crime charges, legal experts say prosecutors face a difficult challenge.

    A McLennan County, Texas, deputy stands guard near a group of bikers on May 17 in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. 
  5. Secretary of defense: Iraqis need 'will to fight' to defeat ISIS


    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned that Iraqi troops will not be able to defeat the Islamic State until they develop a "will to fight," reflecting the deep level of frustration and surprise inside some quarters of the Obama administration in the wake of the Iraqi military's collapse in Ramadi last week.

    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Iraqi fighters were not outnumbered at Ramadi.