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Gay marriage supporters took to the streets in several California communities over the weekend to protest passage of a state constitutional amendment that overturns a California Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex unions. On Saturday, as many as 10,000 people participated in separate peaceful marches in Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Venezuelan Consulate in Houston has been closed and officials asked to leave the country by the State Department, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. A breach in international protocol reportedly prompted the action after the consulate moved to a new location before receiving permission.

The ozone hole over Antarctica this year is the fifth biggest ever, according to NASA, which has tracked its size for 30 years. The hole reached an area of 10.5 million square miles, which is larger than North America, in September. The stratospheric ozone layer blocks harmful ultraviolet rays.

Of 1.8 million female military veterans. as many as 8,000 are homeless, the US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates. They constitute about 5 percent of all homeless veterans today, compared with 3 percent a decade ago.


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