PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, a newspaper reported.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park administrators say they plan to ship as many as 600 bison to slaughter this winter if harsh conditions inside the park spur a large migration of the animals into Montana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party-backed challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was trying to explain Tuesday why he criticizes McConnell for backing the 2008 federal bank bailout even though he praised the bailout at the time.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Two gay couples in Texas will ask a federal court this week to overturn an amendment to the state's constitution barring same-sex marriage that has been staunchly supported by prominent Republican party leaders. Even though 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex marriages, the activist group Freedom to Marry says this will be the first attempt to win recognition for same-sex marriage in the deep South, where every state has a constitutional amendment or law banning the practice. The suit in Texas, aimed at nullifying the 2005 amendment, goes to court in San Antonio on Wednesday. Lawyers for the couples plan to argue that the amendment runs counter to the U.S. Constitution and is a "badge of inferiority." "It is undeniable that the arc of social justice points in the direction of marriage equality," said lead counsel for the plaintiffs, Neel Lane, who is from the Akin Gump law firm.