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'So you'll walk me down the aisle?' ELLEN DEGENERES, talk-show host, to Republican presidential candidate John McCain, after he told her that while he opposes gay marriage, he wishes her every happiness. DeGeneres and partner Portia de Rossi plan to wed after California's gay-marriage ban lapses on June 14

'I had hoped that even at the 11th hour and 59th minute, we could come up with an alternative.' OSBY DAVIS, mayor of Vallejo, Calif., announcing that the city had filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection following a $16 million budget shortfall. The San Francisco suburb, with nearly 120,000 residents, is the...

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