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Cluster of Plague Cases Confirmed in Colorado

Creatas/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified three Colorado residents who have been infected with pneumonic plague.

Each of the residents reportedly had direct contact with a dog that recently died of plague. The initial patient, whose family owned the dog, remains hospitalized. Plague was identified in the dog on July 8, the CDPHE says.

Officials believe the dog had been exposed to the disease through a prairie dog or rabbit that carried plague-infected fleas.

The cluster of plague infections is the first in the United States since 1923.

Plague symptoms include fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. Residents are urged not to handle any dead rodents, keep pets away from wildlife, treat pets for fleas and avoid feeding prairie dogs or other rodents.

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Cluster of Plague Cases Confirmed in Colorado

Creatas/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified three Colorado residents who have been infected with pneumonic plague.

Each of the residents reportedly had direct contact with a dog that recently died of plague. The initial patient, whose family owned the dog, remains hospitalized. Plague was identified in the dog on July 8, the CDPHE says.

Officials believe the dog had been exposed to the disease through a prairie dog or rabbit that carried plague-infected fleas.

The cluster of plague infections is the first in the United States since 1923.

Plague symptoms include fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. Residents are urged not to handle any dead rodents, keep pets away from wildlife, treat pets for fleas and avoid feeding prairie dogs or other rodents.

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Supreme Court Grants Stay in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay to prevent same-sex marriages in the state of Utah pending a final decision on the matter by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes applied for the stay after a federal judge in the 10th circuit court struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. About 1,000 marriage licenses were granted during the time period between the ruling striking down the ban and the Supreme Court’s injunction. Those marriages will not be recognized by the state until the end of legal proceedings.

The state of Utah also announced that it would appeal the circuit court’s ruling, leaving open the possibility that the case returns to the Supreme Court in its next term. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it would require the court to make a ruling on the rights of states to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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Supreme Court Grants Stay in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay to prevent same-sex marriages in the state of Utah pending a final decision on the matter by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes applied for the stay after a federal judge in the 10th circuit court struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. About 1,000 marriage licenses were granted during the time period between the ruling striking down the ban and the Supreme Court’s injunction. Those marriages will not be recognized by the state until the end of legal proceedings.

The state of Utah also announced that it would appeal the circuit court’s ruling, leaving open the possibility that the case returns to the Supreme Court in its next term. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it would require the court to make a ruling on the rights of states to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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American Victim on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Identified

Quinn Schansman/Facebook(NEW YORK) — Only one of the victims aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight struck by a missile in Ukraine has been identified as an American: Quinn Lucas Schansman.

President Obama identified him Friday during a news conference, saying our “thoughts and prayers are with his family through this terrible loss.”

His devastated cousins told ABC News that Schansman is also a Dutch citizen, but declined to say more.

Schansman attended the International Business School at Hogeschool van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, according to his Facebook page.

He also appeared to be a soccer player. Dutch club Olympia ’25 named him in a statement, saying they “can barely comprehend the news.” The club also named five other members as victims aboard the plane.

“We wish the surviving family members and friends much strength in digesting this inconceivable loss, this huge hit,” reads a translated version of the statement posted on the club’s website.

Schansman is among 298 victims of Flight 17, which was taken down by a surface-to-air missile on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Investigation Launched After Man Dies While Being Taken into Custody by NYPD

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Richmond County District Attorney and New York Police Department Internal Affairs are investigating after a man was killed while being taken into custody by NYPD officers on Thursday.

Police attempted to take Eric Garner, 43, into custody on Thursday on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes, the New York Daily News reports. The arrest was reportedly caught on tape, and one of the officers may have used a chokehold on Garner, a method of apprehension that is barred by the NYPD.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a Friday statement, expressed his “deepest condolences” to Garner’s family, citing the responsibility of the mayor and the NYPD to “keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD.”

Mayor de Blasio also announced he would delay travel plans to Saturday to allow him to attend to “city business,” which an official tells ABC News involves the incident.

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Investigation Launched After Man Dies While Being Taken into Custody by NYPD

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Richmond County District Attorney and New York Police Department Internal Affairs are investigating after a man was killed while being taken into custody by NYPD officers on Thursday.

Police attempted to take Eric Garner, 43, into custody on Thursday on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes, the New York Daily News reports. The arrest was reportedly caught on tape, and one of the officers may have used a chokehold on Garner, a method of apprehension that is barred by the NYPD.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a Friday statement, expressed his “deepest condolences” to Garner’s family, citing the responsibility of the mayor and the NYPD to “keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD.”

Mayor de Blasio also announced he would delay travel plans to Saturday to allow him to attend to “city business,” which an official tells ABC News involves the incident.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on Friday that Oklahoma must allow same-sex couples the right to marry.

The decision follows one made by the same court last month involving same-sex marriage in Utah.

Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Susan Barton and Gayle Phillips filed the suit against the Oklahoma governor and attorney general in 2004.

Bishop and Baldwin exchanged vows in a church-recognized “commitment ceremony” in 2000, court papers say. They sought a marriage license from the Tulsa County Court Clerk in 2009 but were denied because of the state ban on same-sex marriage.

Barton and Phillips took part in a civil union ceremony in 2001 and were married in Canada in 2005 and again in California in 2008. They too say that the state refused to recognize their marriage, causing “adverse federal tax consequences.”

In 2006, the court rejected a motion to dismiss filed by the state’s governor and attorney general. Three years later, a court panel determined that the plaintiffs had no standing, as they had not named “a defendant having a causal connection to their alleged injury.” They later filed an amended complaint naming Sally Howe-Smith, former Court Clerk for Tulsa County, a defendant.

A three-judge panel made Friday’s ruling, saying that none of the arguments made by the defendant persuaded them to alter their initial holding that “states may not, consistent with the United States Constitution, prohibit same-sex marriages.”

Still, the court put its majority ruling on hold pending an appeal, preventing same-sex couples from getting married in Oklahoma immediately. Utah’s attorney general, after his state was subject to a similar ruling, said he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Evacuations Ended, over 30 Homes Lost in Washington State Wildfires

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OKANOGAN, Wash.) — The Carlton Complex fires in Okanogan County, Washington are believed to be contained after having burned upwards of 30 homes or mobile homes.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said that hundreds of people were evacuated from the small town of Pateros on Wednesday after winds blew the fire into the area.

“We ended up evacuating the entire town, having everybody head south,” Rogers said. “Firefighters did what they could but we lost, I don’t know how many homes, several homes.” He said it seemed as though “it was just one after another catching fire.”

A number of wildfires were sparked in the Pacific Northwest on July 14, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s InciWeb. Officials believe that the the fires were ignited by lightning or other natural causes.

No injuries or deaths have been reported as a consequence of the fire.

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‘Stunning’ Fireball in the Sky Caught on Camera

Dan Perjar(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A North Carolina man driving down a street Thursday night caught footage of a fireball in the sky that was apparently visible to people in at least six other states.

Dan Perjar, a software developer at North Carolina State University, recorded the meteor on his dash cam while driving on I-440 from Cary, North Carolina, toward the Raleigh campus around 10:17 p.m. Thursday.

“When it first appeared, it honestly looked like someone had shot some fireworks off in their backyard; it was that stunning,” the Raleigh resident told ABC News. “I quickly realized it was much larger and much further away when it exploded and lit up the clouds beneath it.”

“It streaked with a definite green and gold color as it broke up in its descent,” Perjar said. “It seemed to explode multiple times.”

Perjar, who said he watched a documentary about the Chelyabinsk meteor just days before, knew the fireball was likely a meteor.

More than 95 reports of the fireball came in between 10:12 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. ET from people across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, according to the American Meteor Society.

Sightings were reported in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

“There was a very bright light at the beginning of the event: looked like lightning, but then I turned and saw the fireball descending and fragmenting,” Matthew K. of Chesapeake, Virginia, reported to the meteor society.

Amanda K. of Baily, North Carolina wrote, “It was crazy, I had no idea what I had seen,” describing the meteor as a “white ball with slight blue outline with white glowing trail.”

Matt S. of Clayton, Delaware, reported that seeing the fireball was “truly an amazing sight. [A] once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget.”

Perjar agreed that it was quite the experience: “It’s definitely the most interesting thing I’ve caught on my dash cam yet.”

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