Some New Jersey officials taking same-sex marriage license applications today...Obama, GOP weekly messages

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 8:01 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Many same-sex couples in New Jersey are trying to get ready in time to marry on Monday, the first day the state will recognize such unions after a state Supreme Court decision. The court declined to delay an order by a lower court that the state begin allowing same-sex unions Monday. Some local government offices will be open today to take marriage license applications.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama uses his weekly media message to try to push lawmakers from both parties to change tactics from the recent debt and spending crises and try to find areas of agreement. The Republicans rejoined the battle against the health care law with Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli calling it an "affront" to freedom.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Arbitration seems to be on the minds of both labor and management in the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike but the two sides don't agree on what needs arbitration. The union says it's the work rules. BART says it's willing to arbitrate everything, but not just one thing. In the middle are hundreds of thousands of rail system users.

SYDNEY (AP) — It's not looking good today for firefighters in Australia's New South Wales state. Weather conditions could make some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state even worse today. The damage toll today is more than double yesterday's. There has been one death.

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — In northern India, a batch of toxic bootleg liquor has killed at least 32 people, mostly poor laborers, and sickened dozens more. Some of those sickened have been blinded. A shopkeeper has been arrested. The man's son is among the dead. Deaths from drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor.

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