- Miss New York Kira Kazantsev has been named the new Miss America, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.
- Police in New York and Detroit handcuffed several protesters who were blocking traffic Thursday morning. It's part of the latest protest aimed at getting McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their workers at least $15 an hour.
- President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.
- Three missionaries who worked with patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia are back in the United States, spending the next several weeks on the campus of a North Carolina-based mission.
- A 61-year-old Michigan man who says he wants to show that gay couples share the same values as heterosexual ones has camped out overnight outside a federal courthouse in Cincinnati to secure a courtroom seat for oral arguments over bans on same-sex marriage in his home state and three others.
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