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Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

“We don’t just want the same law. We want the same constitutional protections,” said Axel Hochrein, a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. Continue reading the main story Activists have spent years lobbying for such a constitutional change, but it is unclear whether conservatives will allow it, said Volker Beck, a Green Party lawmaker and a longtime champion of gay rights. “Today, we celebrate our gay pride,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. A softening in conservative opposition to gay marriage enabled Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage in…

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Son charged in death of father whose body was left on couch for weeks

Tyler Swantek faces charges in the death of his father, whose body was found on a couch. WYOU-TV FRACKVILLE, Pa. — A man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch in his home for weeks.  Tyler Swantek, 24, faces charges in Schuylkill County including criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the death of Todd Swantek, 49, whose body was found May 24 in the Frackville home the…

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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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Dozens hospitalized for excessive drinking at concert

85 Photos Chance The Rapper performs at the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014. Christopher Polk/Getty HARTFORD, Conn. — More than 90 people were hospitalized Friday during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper in Connecticut, officials said. A large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing “severe intoxication,” Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday. Foley said officers made 50 underage drinking referrals Friday at Hot 93.7′s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Family of missing teen fisherman sues other boy’s family

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –  The mother of a teenager who disappeared with his friend while boating in the Atlantic Ocean filed suit Friday against the other boy’s parents and grandfather, alleging they should have prevented them from taking an ill-equipped boat out to sea. The mother of Perry Cohen filed the suit against the family of Austin Stephanos. Both boys were 14 when they disappeared off the Palm Beach County coast in July 2015 after a storm, launching a massive search. They were never found. A Norwegian cargo ship…

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John Heard, “Home Alone” actor, dies at 72

88 Photos John Heard at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Mark Davis / Getty Images Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 12:20 PM EDT John Heard, the actor best known for his roles in “Home Alone” and the 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” has died, the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to CBS News. He was 72. Early reports from TMZ said Heard was found dead in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California. Earlier this week, representatives for Heard told TMZ the actor underwent…

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Scenes from an Italian restaurant — behind bars

In a 13th century fortress, on the hilltop of a Tuscan town preparations were underway for a rather unlikely dinner. Armed guards kept watch above as the aperitivo was laid out in the courtyard and as Rosario Campagna served prosecco. He’s also serving a 26-year sentence for murder, reports CBS News’ Seth Doane. What it’s like for Campagna to see all the people around him? “Freedom,” Campagna said. “It’s as if — do you see a prison here? Do you see a prison around us? No.”  The Fortezza Medicea —…

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