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Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday. Jack Phillips, owner of the…

Inside the Hong Kong billionaire enclave name-dropped in 'Crazy Rich Asians,' where Alibaba founder Jack Ma may have bought a $191 million mansion

Hong Kong’s most expensive neighborhood is The Peak. You may have heard of it in Kevin Kwan’s novel “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was turned into a summer blockbuster. The Peak is a gorgeous, secluded neighborhood that overlooks Hong Kong and is home to bankers, expatriates, business magnates, celebrities, and millionaires and billionaires.

U.S. pending home sales rise, supply constraints remain

Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly rose in June after two straight monthly declines, but the housing market remains hobbled by a dearth of properties available for sale. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 0.9 percent to a reading of…

House conservatives move to impeach deputy attorney general

A group of 11 House conservatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The move comes after months of criticism aimed at the department — and the Russia investigation in particular — from Trump and his Republican allies…

Gunman in Trader Joe’s standoff was feuding with grandmother

A feud between a man and his grandmother over his girlfriend staying at the grandmother’s home exploded into violence that ultimately led to him taking dozens of people hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket, a relative said Sunday. Investigators believe Gene Evin Atkins, 28, shot his grandmother several times and wounded his girlfriend at their…

Ala. congresswoman wins runoff turning on loyalty to Trump

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama’s Republican runoff, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright, a former Democrat who tried to cast…