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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, on Friday introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage.

King on Wednesday introduced the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015," a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.

And so Polis wrote up the "Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act," which would block King from introducing legislation related to judicial authority, the Huffington Post reported.

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A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.

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HOW BAD IS THE DAMAGE?

It's too early to tell, but early indications suggest the early figure of 906 people killed in four countries is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighboring countries as well. In addition to the hundreds of deaths in Nepal, some 20 people were killed in India, six in Tibet, and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.

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President Obama and Bill Nye criticized members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed to climate change during a Friday interview in the Florida Everglades about the environment and science education.

Obama lamented "members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released by lawyers for the dead man's family.

Lawyers for Eric Harris' family on Friday released a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office memo outlining an investigation into Robert Bates, 73. Bates says he confused his handgun for his stun gun during an April 2 sting involving gun sales and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death.

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