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Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision (UPDATE)

Supporters of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) carry a large rainbow flag during a parade around the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The decision grants federal benefits to married couples in states that recognize same-sex marriage, although Wisconsin is not one of them. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

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Lawmakers alter DNA collection proposal (UPDATE)

The Republicans who dominate the state’s Joint Finance Committee plan to keep Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to collect DNA samples from people who have been arrested on suspicion of felonies. But they could drop the plan to take them from those arrested for certain misdemeanors, the co-chairman of the committee said Thursday.

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Federal Circuit ruling a win for biotech field, sets up high court showdown

In a second victory for the biotech industry in one year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reinstated its ruling that a company’s isolation of human genetic material, and its process for using that material to determine the effectiveness of certain cancer therapies, meet the threshold test for patent-eligibility.

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