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Nov 26, 2013

Dying Chicago lesbian gets judge’s OK to wed ahead of new law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago woman who is dying of cancer could wed her lesbian partner as early as Wednesday after a federal judge ordered local officials to issue them a marriage license six months before an Illinois law recognizing gay unions takes effect.

The cancer patient, Vernita Gray, 64, and her partner, Patricia Ewert, 65, had argued in a lawsuit filed in federal court that a state law passed last week allowing same-sex marriages discriminates against them because it would prevent them from getting married before Gray’s death.

Nov 22, 2013
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More Americans believe in taking all measures to save life: poll

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(An operation at the Galkayo Medical Centre in Somalia, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya )

As the nation debates the costs of health care and insurance, a survey released on Thursday found that a growing minority of Americans say that doctors should do everything possible to keep patients alive.

Nov 20, 2013

Illinois governor signs same-sex marriage into law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making the home state of President Barack Obama the 16th to allow such unions.

The Illinois law, which takes effect June 1, is the latest in a series of recent victories for gay rights, coming after Hawaii’s governor signed gay marriage into law last week and after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped his legal opposition to the unions in October.

Nov 20, 2013

Illinois governor expected to sign gay marriage into law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday afternoon, which will make President Barack Obama’s home state the 16th to allow such unions.

Illinois state senators voted to legalize gay marriage last February, and the state House followed suit by a slim margin earlier this month. Once signed by the Democratic governor, the law is due to take effect on June 1, 2014.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Midwest assesses after storms kill eight; damage may be $1 billion

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused $1 billion (£621,040,864.49) in property damage.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Midwest assesses after storms kill 8; damage may be $1 bln

, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a
small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing
through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving
storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused
$1 billion in property damage.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that
tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six
people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

Recovery begins after U.S. storms kill eight in U.S. Midwest

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm system that left eight people dead in two U.S. states.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

Survivors of deadly U.S. Midwest tornado sift through wreckage

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – When a powerful tornado bore down on the small city of Washington, Illinois, on Sunday, Ryan Bowers took his wife’s advice and sheltered in the basement with their 2-1/2-month-old daughter and their dogs.

Winds of up to 200 miles per hour leveled their home, along with a large swath of the city of 15,000 people east of Peoria, but the Bowers survived, as did almost all of their neighbors.

Nov 18, 2013

Survivors of deadly Illinois tornado sift through wreckage

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Some residents of Washington, Illinois, picked through the remains of their tornado-flattened homes on Monday, recovering what they could a day after a series of twisters pounded the Midwest, killing six people in Illinois.

Bits of American flags and insulation from destroyed houses clung to trees that had been stripped of most of their branches and remaining leaves by the Washington twister. Spawned by a fast-moving storm system, the tornado had winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 kph).

Nov 18, 2013

Illinois city locked down as officials assess tornado damage

, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Police were turning
residents away from Washington, Illinois, on Monday morning, the
day after a series of tornadoes pounded the Midwestern United
States, killing six people across the state and flattening the
city of 15,000 people.

Bits of American flags and insulation from destroyed homes
clung to trees that had been stripped of their remaining leaves
and most of their branches by the Washington twister. Spawned by
a fast-moving storm system, the tornado had winds of up to 200
miles per hour (322 kph).