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Man Dies in Dive After Raising $100K for ALS

A 27-year-old man died in a Nantucket diving accident, hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge sensation.

President Barack Obama

Obama Struggles to Find His Role After Brown Death

NATIONAL | By Josh Lederman | Aug 19
As Obama pleads for calm and understanding in Ferguson, Missouri, he's struggling to determine what role the nation's first black president can play in defusing a crisis that has laid bare the profound sense of injustice felt by African-Americans.

Announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live."

Longtime 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

NATIONAL | By Frazier Moore | Aug 19
Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on "Saturday Night Live."

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Gay Marriages Could Begin in Va. Thursday, Unless SCOTUS Intervenes

The clock is ticking on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will delay a ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection

NATIONAL | By Brett Zongker | Aug 19
Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."

Justin Bieber

#ALS #IceBucketChallenge :: The Top 15 Celebs

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 18
We've rounded up the hunks of the #ALS #IceBucketChallenge, now it's time to check out some of the biggest names in Hollywood who participated in the viral campaign!

Couples: Deny Stay in Arkansas Gay Marriage Case

Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case.

Iowa Woman Calls for Lift of FDA Donation Ban

An Iowa mom is speaking out against the Food and Drug Administration's ban on donations of some tissue from gay men after her son died and some of his organs were rejected.

Mandy Stokes stands with her daughter Molly Kate Stokes next to a large alligator.

Alabama Hunters Haul in 1,000-Pound Alligator

A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

People protest Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.

Governor Nixon Orders National Guard to Ferguson

NATIONAL | By Nigel Duara and Jim Suhr | Aug 18
Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.