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Same-sex couples in a handful of New Jersey towns exchanged marriage vows early Monday after a court ruling forced the Garden State to legalize gay marriage.

The ceremonies joined couples that have been together for years, and in some cases decades, in hastily arranged ceremonies that remained in doubt until Friday.

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That was when a unanimous N.J. Supreme Court rejected Gov. Chris Christie's administration's request to delay the implementation date of same-sex weddings.

Last month, a lower-court judge ruled that New Jersey must recognize gay marriages starting Monday, despite the opposition of Christie and others.

The Republican governor, a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 election, asked the state's top court to overturn that ruling pending an appeal.

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The rivalry between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots is a fierce one on the field, and got ugly between fans off the field Sunday as well.

Disgustingly ugly. Following New York's 30-27 win at MetLife Stadium, a man wearing Jets apparel appeared to punch a fan sporting Patriots gear in the face.

That Patriots fan was a woman. Take a look at the video:

There is no sign of security or police in the clip, taken by a passerby as fans exited the stadium, but a team spokesman said the incident didn't go unnoticed.

“We do not tolerate that behavior," the spokesman said. "Parties involved were detained and this matter is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Police.”

Jets fan Rob, who sent the video to Deadspin, recalled:

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Gunmen disguised as clowns at a children's party shot the eldest brother of Mexico's once powerful Tijuana drug cartel family to death on Saturday.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was gunned down at a family event Friday in Cabo San Lucas, special investigations prosecutor Isai Arias told reporters.

"He was hit by two bullets, one in the thorax and one in the head," Arias said, noting that relatives ID'd the former drug lord's body and there have been no arrests.

The gunmen were dressed as clowns when they shot Arellano Felix at the party in the luxury Casa Oceano tourist residence, agents close to the case said.

All this makes the Northampton Clown seem suddenly harmless.

The Arellano Felix brothers once dominated drug traffic between Mexico and California through the brutal Tijuana cartel, inspiring characters in the film Traffic.

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A waitress who picked up the tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the government shutdown was paid back by Ellen DeGeneres - and then some.

Sarah Hoidahl of Concord, N.H., said she just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers she was waiting on, so she recently picked up their lunch tab of $27.75.

On Friday, after the story went viral, Ellen interviewed Hoidahl and paid her $27.75 in cash. Then she threw in a check for $10,000 and a 50-inch television.

An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked Ellen, who replied multiple times, "You're a good person." And right she is. Watch it unfold:

DeGeneres heard of Hoidahl's gesture when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page and the story spread quickly online.

The government shutdown ended after more than two weeks with the passage of a temporary budget agreement, but tensions could resurface in early 2014.

In the meantime, it's nice to hear at least one good thing came out of it.

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A former Walmart worker says the retail giant fired him for trying to help a woman from being attacked in the parking lot of a southeastern Michigan store.

Kristopher Oswald, 30, tells WXYZ-TV that the Hartland Township store managers gave him papers saying they were dismissing him for "policy violations."

Oswald says he was on break at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He saw a man grabbing a woman and asked her if she needed help. The man began attacking him.

According to Oswald, he was able to get on top of the man, but two other men started attacking him. County sheriff's deputies arrived to halt the fight.

A spokeswoman for Bentonville, Ark. corporation said that while the management team understood Oswald's intentions, his actions violated company policy.

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A seven-year-old Seattle-area boy dressed up for Halloween as a different kind of superhero. He went as Dr. Jay Rubenstein, the doctor who saved his life.

Landon Browne turned up at Seattle Children's Hospital on Wednesday wearing a lab coat, stethoscope and surgical gloves to surprise Rubinstein.

"He worked on both my ears and he's a great surgeon," the little boy explained, saying that the doctor has helped give his life true meaning again.

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Rubenstein performed two cochlear implant surgeries on Browne, and in turn the little boy has become an important part of the doctor's research.

"I'm pretty grateful to him for all the efforts he's made on our behalf, and for him to do this makes it clear that he feels the same way," Rubenstein said.

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Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, are considered "escapees" by authorities after being released from prison erroneously using forged documents.

Investigators discovered forged motions to reduce the duo's respective sentences and bogus court orders granting the request, according to reports.

A "vigorous and thorough review" will be conducted of other releases, officials say, to ensure that no others have been freed with falsified documents.

Both motions bore the forged signatures of the Orlando-area state attorney's office, a statement from Ninth Circuit State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said.

The judge's order granting the release of Jenkins and Walker bore the forged signature of Judge Belvin Perry, coincidentally the judge in the Casey Anthony trial.

Ashton served as the case's chief prosecutor, and is now involved in more national headlines, as is Perry, who told CNN he wasn't entirely surprised.

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Horrific photos and videos of an alleged rape in progress bear Ohio University have been shared on social media, while no one bothered to report the crime.

The woman seen receiving oral sex in the pics and videos reportedly had no idea what happened until the next morning when she saw the images online.

Alleged Rape in Progress

Crowds at the Athens, Ohio, homecoming celebration chose to take pictures and videos and send Tweets about the sex act rather than stopping it.

Many of the graphic pics of incident have been taken down by the Instagram users who originally posted them, but Buzzfeed has published them.

The woman documented in the online materials contacted the police on Sunday morning and reported the rape to the Athens police department.

Police have confirmed that a sexual assault was reported on Sunday, but they have not said if the victim in question is the woman seen online.

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A 17-year old girl was caught shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in New York City yesterday.

And when authorities confiscated the young woman's shopping bag, they found a dead fetus inside of it.

After spotting Tiona Rodriguez and a friend snatching lingerie from this Herald Square store, security guards confiscated the bags being held by these shoplifters and were shocked at what they discovered.

According to Rodriguez, who was transported to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation immediately after this incident, she suffered a miscarriage the day before and did not know what to do with the fetus.

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The parents of a young Florida girl arrested for bullying 12-year-old classmate Rebecca Sedwick so much that she killed herself insist she is innocent.

Vivian and Jose, who are not revealing their last name to protect their child's privacy, say their daughter played no role in the Rebecca Sedwick suicide.

This despite an incriminating message on the girl's Facebook account that states, "Yes, I know I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don't give a [blank]."

In the aftermath of Sedwick's death, that message led to the girl's swift arrest, along with another girl (one is 14 and the other is 12) for aggravated stalking.

Yet Vivian and Jose say they are certain their daughter did not post this.

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