Gay Ireland hails 'a new Republic' as same-sex marriage approved
By Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a "historic watershed" on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights. Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades. "The amount of people who came out to vote is just such an emotional thing for us," said Fred Schelbaum, 48, standing with his civil partner Feargal Scott, 43, who he said he intended to marry.
Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage
CLEVELAND (AP) ? A Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots.
Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) ? Huge crowds of Salvadorans filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis.
Senate Republicans block changes to NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
Wild card Australia seeks upset at Eurovision pop fest
Australian singer Guy Sebastian will try to beat the Europeans at their own game in Vienna on Saturday night in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, the uproarious pop extravaganza. Eurovision has a cult following in Australia, which led to the special invitation to mark six decades of the show.
Bringing in the snoek, one of South Africa's staple fish
LAMBERT'S BAY, South Africa (AP) ? The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, to bring in the day's catch in the early afternoon. The long, thin silver snoek fish is one of South Africa's traditional foods and a main source of income for the town of Lambert's Bay.
Wurst lookalikes galore ahead of Eurovision Song Contest
Athletics place Coco Crisp on DL with cervical strainST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) ? The Oakland Athletics have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.
Fierce gun battle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) ? The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.
Obama includes Vice President Biden in regular golf gamePOTOMAC, Md. (AP) ? A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama's regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden.