Gay marriage
May 13, 2014
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A federal judge struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday evening, saying it is unconstitutional to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled that the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Friday at 9 a.m., The Associated Press reports. "From the deathbed to the tax form, property rights to parental rights, the witness stand to the probate court, the legal status of 'spouse' provides unique and undeniably important protections," Dale wrote.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R) said he will appeal the case. "In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman," he said in a statement. "Today's decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution." Catherine Garcia

investigations
1:34 a.m. ET
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In Peru, a man was shot with an arrow by members of the reclusive Mashco Piro tribe as they swept into his village in the middle of the rainforest.

The incident took place in Shipetiari, and it was the third time people from the tribe have been seen this year, the BBC reports. Anthropologists believe they were looking for food or tools, but they are not sure why they attacked the man, who was killed. There are about 600 Mashco Piro, who live in separate groups and are always on the move. Sometimes, they set up shelters along rivers and dig for turtle eggs, anthropologists say, and in southern Peru, some people feel bad for them because they are not part of the modern world, and try to coax them out of the forest with treats.

There are about a dozen indigenous tribes that have either little or no immunity to diseases, so the Peruvian government has banned physical contact with them. The government pays for specialists to mediate contact between the tribes and settled communities, the BBC says, and has sent someone to help the people of Shipetiari deal with the death in their village. Catherine Garcia

you better sit down for this
12:57 a.m. ET
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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle has released its top secret guacamole recipe — which just so happens to be nearly identical to 99.9 percent of all other guacamole recipes.

Chipotle's version calls for 2 ripe Hass avocados, 2 teaspoons each of lime juice and chopped cilantro, one-quarter of a cup of finely chopped red onion, half of a finely chopped jalapeño, and one-quarter of a teaspoon of kosher salt. After making sure your avocado feels "squishy yet firm," all you have to do is coat the cut up avocado in lime juice, season, mash, then fold everything together. That's it! Maybe next week they’ll enlighten us and share how they shred their cheese. Catherine Garcia

Golden Years
12:33 a.m. ET

David Letterman is talking a lot about his retirement, which makes sense since he only has a handful of shows left. President Obama has almost two more years left, but on Monday's Late Night, Letterman still asked him about his future plans. No dice. But dominos, maybe. Some Late Show guests, like Steve Martin, go with the darkly comic when it comes to Letterman's retirement, but Obama was cheerfully goofy.

"I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominos together," Obama said. "We can go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories." It's worth noting that this is apparently what the president thinks "real people" do, and maybe he's right. Things get a little sappy at the end, but Letterman did elicit from Obama that he's planning to take a month off after leaving office. Well, it's something. —Peter Weber

The Dream of the '90s is alive on Fallon
12:09 a.m. ET

It's Monday, and if you're feeling a little nostalgic for the '90s, or the last time you were around the campfire with two romeos and a guitar, but you also want to laugh, Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon have your fix. On Monday's Tonight Show, Black and Fallon recreated the video for Extreme's "More Than Words," in, shall we say, period costume. The idea may have been to do a straight re-enactment, but Black is probably incapable of not clowning a bit, and what fun would that be anyway? Get your nostalgia on below. —Peter Weber

healthy choice
May 4, 2015
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By the end of 2016, Panera Bread plans to remove at least 150 artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners from its soups, sandwiches, salad dressings, and several bakery items.

The chain will discontinue using ingredients like fat substitutes and propylene glycol, a preservative used in deodorant and e-cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports. While a lot of food products will be affected, some offerings, like soda, will still have artificial ingredients. The company's chief executive officer, Ron Shaich, said Panera is trying to "give people a simple, easy Good Housekeeping seal-of-approval kind of approach to it."

Panera Bread has been planning to drop the ingredients since 2012, and has already stopped using the artificial sweetener sucralose and titanium dioxide, which is used to make mozzarella cheese whiter. Catherine Garcia

This just in
May 4, 2015

Papua New Guinea was rocked by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, which hit 80 miles south of the town of Kokopo at a depth of 40 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves up to 3 feet were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter, The Associated Press reports. The country's National Disaster Center said it had not heard any reports of damage from residents, and acting director Martin Mose said the center was sending a message to villages near the coast to "take extra precautions in case a tsunami is generated." Papua New Guinea is on the Ring of Fire, where earthquakes often strike, and this quake was centered in the same area as two weaker ones that took place last week. Catherine Garcia

caught on camera
May 4, 2015
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Last summer, everyone was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research — including one California police officer now charged with disability fraud.

Prosecutors say that a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison, on disability for a lower back injury, lifting up a five-gallon bucket filled with ice water and pouring it over the head of another officer. Robison has been charged with four counts of insurance fraud, and prosecutors say that because she allegedly inflated her injuries, she cost the department up to $117,000, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prosecutors also think she exaggerated an injury in 2012 so she could collect over a year's worth of disability pay.

Robison pleaded not guilty on Friday. If she is convicted of all four charges, she could face up to six years and four months in county jail. Catherine Garcia

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