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In Some States, Defiance Over Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court ruled last week that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. The historic decision was welcomed by many, but there was much criticism, too, especially in some conservative states.

Children in Bangladesh display their birth registration cards.

The U.S. Now Has A 'Girls Count' Law. But Don't Boys Count, Too?

The world needs to count its girls!

That's the message that President Obama sent earlier this month when he signed the Girls Count Act into law. Congress had previously approved the act by unanimous vote.

There are 220 million children around the world who are uncounted. They were not registered at birth, and they don't have birth certificates.

NBCUniversal announced that it is cutting ties with Donald Trump after comments he made about immigrants.

NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants. Trump's controversial remarks came as he was announcing his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

NBC said in a statement that:

Bite into that bread before your main meal, and you'll spike your blood sugar and amp up your appetite. Waiting until the end of your dinner to nosh on bread can blunt those effects.

Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity.

Who can resist?

There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread.

But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar.

Pilot André Borschberg sent this photo of his flight over Japan; he's now over the Pacific Ocean, heading to Hawaii. He's not expected to land until Friday morning, Eastern time.

Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

In the longest leg of its planned around-the-world flight, the Solar Impulse took off from Nagoya, Japan, and is now headed to Hawaii. The plane is powered solely by the sun's energy that's stored in batteries; the current trip is expected to last 120 hours — five days and five nights.

The plane is flying at 8,070 feet and moving at 29 knots. You can follow its progress over the Pacific Ocean on the project's website and on a live feed via YouTube.

Manual Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly.

Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow.

The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for.

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance should be taken into account at the very earliest stages of the regulatory process.

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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