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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Domestic violence protection orders issued by North Carolina judges to keep apart people in abusive or frightening dating relationships must be granted in same-sex cases as well, a divided state appeals court panel ruled Thursday.

A former Racine man who pleaded guilty to being married to two women at the same time, making false statements on a marriage license and over 20 counts of violating domestic violence restrictions against one of his wives, is facing five years in prison, plus parole, probation and time in jail. 

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Of course, there's another aspect to being stuck in the house with a spouse — one that can be gravely serious depending on the situation.

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening a woman who contended the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. He appealed the ruling and was allowed to play the first game of the season before the Panthers placed him on the exempt list. He reportedly reached a settlement with the woman and she could not be located in order to testify, so the domestic violence charges were dismissed and expunged from Hardy's record.

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