"Undeniable" proof ...Same-sex marriages, New Mexico...Zimmerman's lawyers seek state pay

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 2:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — According to Secretary of State John Kerry, the evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria is "undeniable." U.S. officials have said there's very little doubt that the attack was carried out by the Syrian government. Kerry told reporters that there must be "consequences" for the attack.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge in New Mexico has ordered the clerk of New Mexico's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The order was sought by a lesbian couple looking for an emergency ruling because one of them is dying. The judge ruled that the state constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a 250-square mile wildfire in California's Yosemite National Park have only been able to achieve 15 percent containment. Ash from the blaze is falling into the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco's drinking water. Plans call for sending more water to the San Francisco area before it becomes tainted.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's attorney has told a Florida newspaper that he plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses. Zimmerman was acquitted of the second-degree murder of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. Mark O'Mara told the Orlando Sentinel that state law requires Florida to pay all of Zimmerman's legal costs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities who will join three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are also joining the tribute Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial.

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