The Brief

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Gay Rights Opposition Fizzles

Republicans in the first four states to weigh in on the GOP presidential nomination are not standing lockstep against gay marriage and largely support measures that protect LGBT people from discrimination, according to a series of GOP polls obtained by TIME

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BP to Pay Gulf States $18.7 Billion Over Spill

Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when over 125 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf

Screengrab taken on Oct. 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, shows group's leader Abubakar Shekau.

Boko Haram Kills 97 People Praying in Mosques in Nigeria

Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in northeastern Nigeria. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came as people were praying ahead of breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry addresses the National Press Club Luncheon July 2, 2015 in Washington.

Rick Perry Addresses Republicans’ Legacy on Race

In a sweeping, 30-minute speech to the National Press Club, former Texas Governor Rick Perry offered a mea culpa for discrimination in America and pitched an aggressive reboot for Republicans’ relationship with black voters

Measles Outbreaks Spread In U.S.

First Person Dies of Measles in U.S. Since 2003

Washington state health officials say measles caused the death of a woman from the northwest part of the state in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in Washington since 1990

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Trump Deserted By Partners as Immigrant Furor Grows

Business partners of Donald Trump lined up to either break ties or distance themselves from the billionaire property mogul Thursday, as he refused to apologize or back down from inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants being "rapists"

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Greece Readies for Vote as Cash Shortages Bite

The battle for Greek votes was in full swing Thursday ahead of a weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the struggle to get cash ground on in the face of massive uncertainty

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90% of Americans Eat Too Much Salt

New findings show that from 2011 to 2012, the average daily sodium intake among U.S. adults was 3,592 mg, which is well above the public health target set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of 2,300 mg

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Montana Polygamists Seek Marriage License

A trio from Montana argue that under the Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage as legal, their polygamous relationship should be legally recognized too. "If you read the justice's statement, it applies to polygamists," Nathan Collier said

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Dermatologists Warn About the Dangers of Sunburn Art

Artistic sunburns are spreading through social media—but doctors say they raise the risk for melanoma. "It definitely is not a good idea," a dermatologist said. "Any time you get a sunburn, you’re at more risk for melanoma"

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Sandra Bullock: It's 'Open Hunting Season' on Women

The Oscar-winning star says it's a difficult time to be a woman in the media spotlight. “I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” she said