PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia madam-turned-faux cosmetic surgeon kept up the ruse of being a medical expert even as a 20-year-old dancer who received illegal buttocks injections began to die, prosecutors told jurors Friday as her murder trial went to a jury.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Barack Obama on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in four cases in which the court is due to hear oral arguments on April 28. "These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in the brief. Although the administration has been supportive of gay marriage, the brief marks the first time it has explicitly asked the high court to rule that bans violate the U.S. Constitution.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations, CIA director John Brennan said. Brennan said he is creating new units within the CIA, called "mission centers," intended to concentrate the agency's focus on specific challenges or geographic areas, such as weapons proliferation or Africa. The CIA director said he also is establishing a new "Directorate of Digital Innovation" to lead efforts to track and take advantage of advances in cyber technology to gather intelligence. Historically, electronic eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency have been at the cutting edge of digital innovation within the U.S. government.