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  1. Q&A: Gas tax, Israeli army, restaurant opening

    Human Interest

    Florida's gas tax

    How much is Florida's tax on gasoline, and how does it compare with other states?

  2. Q&A: White House china, top TV events

    Human Interest

    White House china

    I noticed a reference to the Clintons stealing china when they left the White House. I didn't know about that, but did hear that they vandalized the White House and took or destroyed computers. President Bill Clinton also did a lot of last-minute pardoning. Was this true?

  3. Q&A: All about soccer

    Human Interest

    Ask the Times

    Soccer's stoppage time

  4. Q&A: Median ages, Bowe Bergdahl

    Human Interest

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    Counties' median ages

  5. Q&A: Sweepstakes lawsuits, lost mail

    Human Interest

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    Sweepstakes lawsuits

  6. A look at where gay marriage legal challenges stand across U.S.

    Civil

    SALT LAKE CITY — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.

    Derek Kitchen, right, and Moudi Sbeity kiss as they hold their certificate of mutual commitment at their home, in Salt Lake City. A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Associated Press]
  7. Q&A: What's next for Aereo after Supreme Court ruling?

    Business

    NEW YORK — The Supreme Court dealt Internet startup Aereo a major setback on Wednesday in ruling that the television-over-the-Internet service operates much like a cable TV company. As a result, the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers' …

    This image provided by Aereo shows a streaming broadcast of Bob the Builder on the New York PBS station, WNET 13. The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Aereo has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.  [Associated Press]
  8. Why your pee smells after asparagus, and other musings

    Perspective

    LOL, FBI can haz its guide to Web slang

    The summer solstice came to prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, on Saturday. The party’s clamor may have mimicked a noisy past of rock banging and clanging.
  9. Great white shark numbers are surging, study says (w/video)

    Wildlife

    PORTLAND, Maine — A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline — bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers …

    This photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a great white shark encountered off the coast of Massachusetts. A NOAA report says great white abundance in the area has climbed since about 2000. The scientists report the shark's growing numbers are due to conservation efforts and greater availability of prey. [Associated Press]
  10. Q&A: Copter crash memorial, stock market, tallest tree

    Human Interest

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    Copter crash memorial