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Honoring fallen officer

- From staff and wire reports

In Fond du Lac, Wis.: Firefighte­r Mike Spencer waits in freezing sleet with other firefighte­rs for the flag-draped casket of police officer Craig Birkholz to pass on its way to a memorial service. Birkholz was shot during a standoff Sunday.

Also . . .

-SANFRANCIS­CO— Afederal appeals court refused to allow gay marriages to take place in California while it considers the constituti­onality of the state’s voter-approved ban. California Attorney General Kamala Harris had joined gay marriage proponents in urging the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay that had been placed on a lower court’s ruling to strike down Propositio­n 8.

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