Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic, with polling stations reporting higher-than-expected voter numbers. State broadcaster RTE said polling stations were recording a higher turnout than usual for referendums, with voting levels in cities such as Dublin, Limerick and Waterford predicted to top 60 percent.
An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in Kudeih, in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.
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The Redding Fire Department responded to a report of a vegetation fire around 10:25 a.m. on Friday in Redding near Grand Avenue and Mason Street.
On May 22, 1915 Lassen Peak erupted sending a plume of ash 30,000 feet into the sky.
A man was arrested after he reportedly told police armed men chased him from his home.
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