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Legal arguments about a state ban on gay marriage in Iowa come before the the state's Supreme Court Tuesday in a case brought on behalf of a half-dozen gay couples in 2005. It could take a year or more for the justices to decide whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage, as supreme courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California have done. In California, however, voters recently restored the ban.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four codefendants submitted a note Monday to a military judge at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison saying they wanted to confess and plead guilty. Several of the defendants have expressed a desire for martyrdom at previous hearings.

The US Supreme Court rejected Monday, without comment, an appeal by a New Jersey man to review the eligibility of President-elect Barack Obama to lead the nation. Because Obama enjoyed dual American-Kenyan nationality at birth and his father was a British subject at the time, Obama's "natural born" citizenship" was questioned.


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