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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield company has received scores of messages from people complaining about the hits cooking maven Paula Deen has taken since admitting to using a racial slur in the past, and is hoping to use that attention to woo Deen to Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the complaints being sent to The Food Channel are intended for the similarly named Food Network, which announced it's not renewing Deen's contract since she admitted using a racial slur years ago.

The Food Channel, which produces cooking-themed content in Springfield, says it would welcome giving Deen a chance "to get back to the food." It said Deen would have the chance to "shape a fledgling network."

Kay Logsdon, The Food Channel's editor-in-chief, says Deen has apologized, and America is "very forgiving."

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One woman is in custody after the robbery of an AT&T store.

The Illinois State Police stopped the woman because the car she was driving matched the description of the vehicle seen at the scene of the robbery. A search of the car turned up several cell phones and other items related to the robbery.

Police believe two male suspects are still on the loose and should be considered armed and dangerous. The suspects entered the south county store just before ten this morning and tied the employees up in the back room.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:06
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex unions in about a month's time.

The high court itself said nothing about the validity of gay marriage bans in California and roughly three dozen other states.

The outcome was not along ideological lines.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.

"We have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the 9th Circuit," Roberts said, referring to the federal appeals court that also struck down Proposition 8.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal there.

The court has yet to release its decision on California's ban on same-sex marriage.

"Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways," Kennedy said.

"DOMA's principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal," he said.

He was joined by the court's four liberal justices.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Scalia read his dissent aloud. Scalia said the court should not have decided the case.

But, given that it did, he said, "we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation."

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