By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Legal momentum for extending U.S. marriage rights to same-sex couples accelerated on Tuesday as a federal appeals court struck down bans on gay matrimony in Idaho and Nevada a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings for five other states. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the bans in Idaho and Nevada violated the constitution and cannot be enforced, adding to a growing list of states where same-sex unions are now legal. ...
By Tim Reid FERGUSON MISSOURI (Reuters) - Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen. The plans are being thrashed out in meetings being held two to three times a week, according to people who have attended them. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions. ...
If you prefer your guitars to have drum heads on them, then you’re in for a special treat with our broadcast/podcast this week. While Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have both been on the show several times in the past with various projects and configurations, this week they perform together on the show. Turns out they sound pretty swell together, too! Not only will you hear some great live music from this duo (much of which can be heard on their brand new album that also hits stores and online outlets this week), but you’ll learn a few things about banjos that you probably didn’t know during the interview portion of the show. It’s a win/win!
Also with us is Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, who makes his first visit to eTown in this week’s episode. Foy is a powerful songwriter and performer, and we were blown away by him at the taping. He also has a cool mustache – which makes for another a win/win scenario. Throw in a great E-Chievement Award story, and a never-attempted-before finale collaboration that mixes a Bruce Springsteen classic with (you guessed it) banjos, and you are on your way to a full solid hour of good listening.
Be sure to tune in or podcast this week! And check out the videos from the show, below.
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Kelli Stapleton met the legal definition of insanity when attempting to kill herself and her autistic daughter, a forensic psychiatrist said Tuesday, while Stapleton's ex-husband testified that she had become increasingly irrational and "crazy."