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Honoring fallen officer
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.
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-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.