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Federal Court Rules Against Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, adding to an already confusing mix of contradictory decisions that is sure to propel the issue to the Supreme Court.

The message that greets visitors to the sites that were seized in coordinated raids in the U.S. and across Europe.

17 Arrested As European, U.S. Authorities Raid Darknet Sites

European and U.S. officials have arrested 17 people in a crackdown on underground online markets, including the Silk Road 2.0, that sell drugs and weapons, Europe's police agency said today in a statement.

A man smokes next to a bombed out house near Donetsk airport in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on Sunday.

Ukraine Says Russia Is Sending Tanks, Artillery Across The Border

Ukraine says Russia has sent 32 tanks and 16 howitzer artillery systems across its border, threatening an already fragile ceasefire that was agreed to back in September.

Reuters reports:

The Senkaku Islands, as they are called in Japan, sit in a strategic location between Okinawa and Taiwan.

China, Japan Agree To Disagree On Disputed Islands

Beijing and Tokyo have jointly acknowledged their competing claims over the sovereignty of an uninhabited island chain, effectively setting aside a contentious dispute and paving the way to renew high-level contacts two years after China unilaterally froze relations.

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For-Profit Colleges Sue The Federal Government Over Student Loan Rules

A trade group representing more than 1,400 for-profit colleges has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over regulations aimed at curbing industry abuses.

Guinea Is Seeing More Ebola Cases: Can The Trend Be Stopped?

In the current Ebola crisis much of the focus has been on Liberia and Sierra Leone. But the virus also continues to spread in Guinea, the country where the first case in the current outbreak was identified in March.

Economy Continues Adding Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.8 Percent

The October jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy continued to add jobs at a healthy clip.

Here are the two big numbers:

The economy added 214,000 jobs; less than the 248,000 produced in September, but just about the 200,000 needed to keep pushing down the unemployment rate.

S. Donald Stookey, photographed in 1950, prepares to expose an image to ultraviolet light. Stookey forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare.

Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

Check your kitchen cabinets; there is a good chance a CorningWare casserole dish is inside.

If there isn't, you probably know someone who has one.

CorningWare, the popular white cookware often decorated with blue cornflowers, was often seen at family gatherings and potluck dinners.

S. Donald Stookey is credited with discovering ceramic glass in the 1950s, which led to CorningWare.

Army Drops Use Of Term 'Negro' In Document

The Army is dropping the use of the term "negro" in an official document that listed it as an acceptable way to refer to African Americans.

CNN first pointed out the document on Thursday and just hours later the Army responded by revising the document.

The Associated Press reports: