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Louisiana votes to ban gay unions

Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and civil unions, one of up to 12 such measures on the ballot around the country this year.

With 80 percent of precincts reporting, the amendment was winning approval with 79 percent of the vote, and support for it was evident statewide. Only in New Orleans, home to a politically strong gay community, did the race appear to be close; incomplete returns there showed slightly more voters opposing the measure than approving it.

The measure was expected to pass easily, and the civil rights group Forum for Equality has promised legal action.

Trade center architects face the public together

NEW YORK _ The three architects for the buildings and memorial that will replace the World Trade Center came together for the first time Saturday, telling a public forum that their designs are intended to harmonize with one another and with the surrounding city.

Daniel Libeskind, designer of the master plan for the site, said, "It is important not to see each by itself. You can't reduce music to a series of single notes. The buildings have both a relationship and an individuality."

Libeskind appeared with Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, designer of the World Trade Center's new transportation hub, and Michael Arad, winner of the competition to design the Ground Zero memorial to victims of the attack.

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CALIFORNIA POLITICS: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bills Saturday that would have raised the minimum wage to $7.75 an hour, made Wal-Mart-like megastores more difficult to build and limited schools' ability to give students random drug tests.

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