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A judge upheld Puerto Rico's ban on gay marriage on Monday, becoming the first Democratic-appointed federal jurist to rule against same-sex couples' right to wed since the Supreme Court axed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

Carter-appointed Judge Juan Manuel Pérez-Giménez ruled that the Windsor v. U.S. opinion did not pave the way for same-sex marriage, contradicting all but one other federal trial judge who has reviewed the issue since the landmark ruling.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail.

In an overwhelming victory for prosecutors, a jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. The three other three guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — were found guilty of multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges.

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All was going well at the party until the Palin clan showed up.

A homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska spoke to police on Sept. 6, not long after a house party he threw that night turned into a bloody brawl, and an audio recording of the conversation that became public on Tuesday made it clear just how angry he was at former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family for ruining his fun.

"These Palins running up here on my property acting like they own it is not gonna fly with me," homeowner Korey Klingenmeyer told police. "I don’t give a fuck if their name’s Palin or fucking Obama, cause they don’t mean shit to me."

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Tuesday night denied that he previously suggested that Islamic State militants could cross the southern border into the U.S.

During the New Hampshire Senate debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked Brown what evidence he had to suggest that the southern border is "the most obvious pathway for terrorists to enter our country."

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The polling looks pretty grim for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). If you take out explicitly Democratic-leaning polls, he hasn't led in any poll since the beginning of October. Udall's campaign believes they can beat the odds by recreating the strategy that led to an unexpected Senate victory in Colorado in 2010.

A big part of that is appealing to women. But another crucial piece is turning out Hispanic voters -- and one Latino pollster told BuzzFeed on Tuesday that there is some evidence that the polls are underestimating Hispanic support for Udall.

And now one Udall-aligned group has made a significant TV buy for Spanish-language spots with early voting underway and less than two weeks to go until Election Day.

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