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February 5, 2013

When a lesbian couple in Oregon attempted to order a wedding cake from Sweet Cakes Bakery, they were denied service by the shop's owner, who said their union wasn't in "accordance with his religious beliefs." The couple's story got some press, and ended up attracting the attention of celebrity chef and Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, who offered via Twitter to bake them a tricked-out cake free of charge. "I saw this story and I was like, 'Wait — I can do something, there's injustice involving a cake!'" Goldman told HuffPost Live.

  Samantha Rollins

This just in
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State and federal law enforcement officials raided the Zionsville, Indiana home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle Tuesday morning as part of a child pornography investigation.

In April, Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle's Jared Foundation, was arrested and accused of possessing and producing child pornography. Investigators says they discovered more than 500 videos at Taylor's home.

Reporting from the scene, local news source WTHR says that members of the task force are removing electronics from the Fogle household and analyzing them in a mobile forensics van. Fogle has been detained, but is not under arrest, and his wife and children have left the scene.

Fogle shot to fame in 2000 as the face of the "Subway diet." He lost a total of 245 pounds on a diet plan that consisted of two Subway sandwiches per day and plenty of walking exercise. Scott Meslow

nukes
9:04 a.m. ET
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The United States and five other world powers have agreed to extend their talks with Iran in hopes of reaching a nuclear deal, despite Tuesday's deadline, Reuters reports. "We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple days," European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters. The U.S. has said talks will continue through July 10, and that they have made "substantial progress" during negotiations.

The July 7 deadline followed an earlier extension, from June 30, after more than a year of talks. The deal, which hasn't yet been officially signed, is expected to relieve some international economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbing their nuclear program over the next decade. Jeva Lange

study says
8:35 a.m. ET
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Ninety-five percent of the 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors in the United States in 2014 were white, a study by the Women Donors Network has discovered. And, while only 31 percent of the U.S. population are white males, 79 percent of elected prosecutors were men — a mere 16 percent were women, and just 1 percent were minority women.

The New York Times, which reported on the study, adds that in the wake of the national debates over racism and racial imbalances in the criminal justice system, "the racial makeup of police forces across the country has been carefully documented" while "the diversity of prosecutors, who many law enforcement experts say exercise more influence over the legal system, has received little scrutiny." Indeed, it is in the prosecutor's hands to decide whether to bring criminal charges, or if and for how long to negotiate a prison sentence.

The Women Donors Network also found that a shocking 66 percent of states that elect prosecutors have no black people in their offices and 15 states elected entirely white prosecutors.

"They have to see someone that looks like them," the president of the the National Black Prosecutors Association, Melba V. Pearson, told The New York Times, referring to minority groups' long-held mistrust of the legal system. "When you walk into a courtroom and no one looks like you, do you think you are going to get a fair shake?" Jeva Lange

meanwhile in israel
8:22 a.m. ET
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A gaining global boycott against Israel has many world leaders worried — including presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The movement, called BDS or "boycotts, divestment, and sanctions" against Israel, was begun by a group of Palestinian activists in 2005, as inspired by peaceful anti-apartheid movements in South Africa. The group has since gained an enormous global following, to the point that Israel has now identified it as a threat akin to Palestinian militant groups or the Iranian nuclear program, The Associated Press reports.

“Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival,” Hillary Clinton recently wrote to donor Haim Saban and other leaders in a letter dated July 2. “Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world — especially in Europe — we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” She called on both Democrats and Republicans to "make countering B.D.S. a priority."

However, organizers and supporters of BDS deny accusations of anti-Semitism; rather, their goals include ending Israel's occupation of territories captured in 1967, ending discrimination against Arabs, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees by returning family properties lost in the war of 1948.  Jeva Lange

that's a lot of years
8:01 a.m. ET

The world's oldest man died at the age of 112 in a nursing home in Tokyo, officials reported Tuesday. Sakari Momoi, who was crowned the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records in August 2014 at the age of 111, died from kidney failure. Momoi was born on Feb. 5, 1903, and was a teacher and a high school principal in Japan.

Momoi's successor as the world's oldest man is reportedly another Japanese man, 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide, who was born a little over a month after Momoi. However, a woman still clenches the title for the oldest person on Earth. That honor goes to 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York. Becca Stanek

Grexit Watch
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Eurozone leaders gathered in Brussels on Tuesday to decide how to respond to a Greek referendum that overwhelmingly rejected austerity on Sunday. With the country's banks expected to run out of cash over the next few days, there are signs that the Greek government is preparing a more conciliatory bailout proposal. European leaders are reportedly divided, with Germany advocating a hardline approach to Greece's debt and France pushing for reconciliation. "The French government will do everything to keep Greece in the eurozone," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. Read more at The Washington Post. Nico Lauricella

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1:43 a.m. ET

One person was killed and four others injured after ice caves in Washington's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest partly collapsed on Monday.

Authorities say it was the second day in a row that the ice caves collapsed; no one was hurt during Sunday's incident. The Big Four Ice Caves can only be reached via a narrow, 26-mile road, NBC News reports, and the main cave is almost 100 feet deep and 25 feet wide, making it a popular hiking destination. Authorities say the caves are dangerous, especially when temperatures rise and they fall apart. Washington is experiencing a heat wave, and on Monday, temperatures in the area reached 80 degrees.

Three of the injured were brought to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, with the two male patients suffering from head lacerations and leg and pelvis fractures, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. A 25-year-old man is in critical condition, while a 35-year-old man is in serious condition. A female patient, 35, is in satisfactory condition. Catherine Garcia

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