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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours today to accept marriage license applications for same-sex couples.

The state's highest court says the marriages can start Monday. Jersey City, Hoboken, and Asbury Park clerk's offices will be open today.

Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with the state Supreme Court ruling to recognize same-sex marriages in the state, but he will comply with the decision. He says the people, rather than the courts, should have been the ones to decide the issue.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark. Booker was elected this week to the Senate and has been a strong supporter of gay rights.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The oil production technique known as fracking has been occurring on offshore platforms and man-made islands off some of Southern California's most populous coastal communities.

Interviews and drilling records obtained by The Associated Press show fracking has occurred at least 200 times over the past two decades in waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

Though there is no evidence offshore hydraulic fracturing has led to any spills or chemical leaks, the practice occurs with little state or federal oversight of the operations

The state agency that leases lands and waters to oil companies says officials found new instances of fracking after searching records as part of a review after the AP reported this summer about fracking in federal waters of California.

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   WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright received the U.S. Military Academy's prestigious Thayer Award on Thursday, joining Dwight Eisenhower, Neil Armstrong and other past recipients recognized for outstanding service to the U.S.

   Albright, the first woman to hold the nation's top diplomatic post, used the occasion to praise U.S. soldiers, call for an end to "partisan squabbling" in Washington and warn against isolationism.

   The academy's announcement of the award, named for former West Point Superintendent Col. Sylvanus Thayer, describes Albright as a leader on policy and international affairs. The annual award is given to citizens whose service illustrates the academy's motto of "Duty, Honor, Country."

   Albright, 76, received the award at the Hudson River academy during a dinner ceremony hosted by West Point's Association of Graduates. Before the dinner, the cadets conducted a ceremonial parade in her honor on the grassy expanse at the center of the academy known as the Plain.

   President Bill Clinton appointed her secretary of state during his second term, and she served from 1997 to 2001. She previously had been U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

   Albright was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 and was forced to leave after Nazi Germany gained control there. She spent much of World War II in England.

   Other past recipients of the Thayer Award include Douglas MacArthur, Henry Kissinger, Barbara Jordon, Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell and Bob Hope.

   "The list of previous recipients is an extraordinary one that includes many people who once held high office or otherwise achieved fame," Albright said, according to prepared remarks provided by West Point before the dinner. "But looking down the list, I know that if I had to choose a single companion to watch my back, it would be the winner of this award in 2002 — the American soldier."

   She said that ensuring young Americans are able to meet the demands of the future depends on Washington overcoming its divides and ensuring a "rational approach" to the federal budget.

   On the day the partial federal government shutdown ended, Albright said that after viewing the cadets' "amazing parade," she'll bring back to Washington the message that "these young men and women deserve better."

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