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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. Toddler unleashes tantrum in White House at feet of president and first lady


    It's a parent's nightmare: You're invited to a fancy dinner. You get the kids all dressed up and you make it to dinner. Then one of the kids pitches a fit.

    White House photographer Pete Souza captured Claudia Moser's tantrum when she lay flat on the floor in front of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Her mother tweeted the photo last week, adding "My daughter is an Internet meme!'' [Pete Souza | White House photo]
  2. Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna


    MEXICO CITY — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.

  3. Photo gallery: Make time today for Memorial Day's true meaning


    I have no idea where I will be at 3 p.m. Monday, when a national moment of remembrance takes place, but Memorial Day will be very much on my mind.

    Iraq war veteran, retired Pvt. Rocky Bishop is embraced by his daughter Cyndney, 6, while visiting the grave of his grandfather, Korean War veteran James Bishop, on Monday with his other daughter Hannah, 4, at Georgia National Cemetery for Memorial Day  in Canton, Ga. [Associated Press]
  4. Deadly storms swamp Plains, Midwest, force Texans from homes


    SAN MARCOS, Texas — A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes.

    Leaves and branches are scattered throughout a flooded yard Sunday after a roof collapsed during a morning storm at Rockport Apartment Homes on S Gessner Street in Houston.
  5. Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama


    WASHINGTON — For viewers of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.

    Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiling as she answers her question during the third round of the National Spelling Bee on May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md.  Participants and bee officials say the competition is fairer now that kids are tested on what words mean. But it has also taken some of the drama away from the semifinal rounds. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar says she misses the simplicity of the old format, which she called "spelling till you drop.'' Now, there are two semifinal rounds, and test scores determine who makes it to the finals. Vanya was eliminated at that stage last year. [Associated Press]