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National & World Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake
A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?
National & World Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages
Lacking clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan scrambled Thursday for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.