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Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and California gay marriage banSubmitted: 06/26/2013
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Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and California gay marriage ban
U.S. SUPREME COURT - Two major Supreme Court Rulings announced Wednesday.

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

The court's 5-4 vote today leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional.

California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex unions in about a month's time.

The Supreme Court also says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

They struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act today that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.

The vote was 5-4.


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CHICAGO - Strong winds are causing life-threatening waves on lake Michigan.

The winds are causing high waves to slam against the break walls on Lakeshore drive. That's an area where swimming isn't allowed, especially today.

Winds are picking up all morning long, and the waves are different depending on where you are along Lake Michigan.

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VINLAND, WIS. (AP) - Divers are searching for two women who are missing after their boat collided with another boat on Lake Winnebago in east-central Wisconsin.

The crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a 26-foot Crownline E6XS boat with two people aboard collided with a 20-foot Rinker Captiva boat with four occupants.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office says two Neenah women, ages 20 and 26, were thrown from the Rinker Captiva, along with a dog.

The Post Crescent reports divers resumed searching for the women Sunday morning. The Grundman Boat Launch is closed to the public because of the search.

The other two occupants of the Rinker Captiva suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital by ambulance. The two people in the Crownline E6XS were treated on shore by paramedics.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports that a 55-year-old Rib Mountain man who went missing Saturday night was found dead on Sunday.

The sheriff's office was told around 10 p.m. Saturday that Ian Turner had walked away from his home at 7000 South Mountain Road around 6 p.m. earlier that night. 

He was a diabetic and had an insulin pump. 

A search party discovered Turner's body on Sunday in a wooded area near his home. Officers say he died of natural causes.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Plenty of runs happen all across the Northwoods every year.

But one kid uses his love of running not only as a way to help the community, but as a way to spend a little time with his dad.

Vladimir Boettcher started running cross country last year.

"I like running because you can just think through your thoughts and can be relaxing if you are going at a nice pace," said Boettcher.

He also uses the sport as a way to spend time with his dad.

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EAGLE RIVER - People who have a passion for protecting lakes in the Northwoods celebrated today.

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association held its first summer social event to bring members from all 10 lakes together.

The ERCLA is a non-profit that maintains and protects the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

Organizers wanted to members to re-connect and express their goals for the future.

There was food, music and trivia.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Early Sunday afternoon a woman died and four other people were injured in a car crash near Stevens Point according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The accident happened just before 1 p.m. on US Highway 10, east of County Trunk Highway K in the town of Stockton.

A Hyundai Elantra attempted to cross eastbound traffic on Highway 10 to get to the median turn around. In doing so, the Hyundai passed in front of a Chrysler Town & Country Van. The van struck the Hyundai's driver side. Both vehicles came to rest in the grass median.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 46-year-old Stevens Point woman, died in the crash. The passenger of the Hyndai and the three people in the van all suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

Names will no be released until families are notified.

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