By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii's governor signed into law on Wednesday a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony. The new law, which takes effect on December 2, makes Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize nuptials for gay and lesbian couples, rolling back a 1994 statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. "In Hawaii, we are all minorities, and we all deserve the same aloha," state Representative Chris Lee, a leading proponent of the measure, said before Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill. Abercrombie said that despite misgivings by opponents who felt their religious beliefs were infringed, the measure served the "greater good" by more fully embracing gay and lesbian members of society, who had long felt marginalized.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Computer software pioneer John McAfee said on Wednesday he will testify willingly about the murder of his American neighbor in Belize last year, as he seeks to defend himself from a wrongful death lawsuit that blames him for the killing. McAfee, 68, was named by police in Belize as a person of interest in the November 11, 2012, shooting of Gregory Faull, but he fled the small Central American country before he could be questioned. McAfee denies involvement in the death of Faull, an Orlando contractor and restaurant owner. I've told the police in Belize that I will sit for questioning in any neutral country in the world ... I just will not go to Belize," McAfee said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three Pittsburgh high school students heading to their vehicle after classes ended were shot Wednesday afternoon, and police investigating whether the shooting stemmed from a drug-related dispute had six people in custody for questioning, school and police officials said.
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Three teenage boys were wounded on Wednesday and five people have been taken into custody after shots were fired outside a Pittsburgh high school in an incident that police said could be related to a fight that took place at the school a month ago. Pittsburgh's EMS chief, Mark Bocian, said their injuries were not life-threatening. "This whole incident ... may have been related over something that happened a month ago," said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard after speaking with officials at Brashear High School, near which the shooting took place. Richard said a fight at the school on October 18th "quite possibly could be drug-related." Police took five people into custody late Wednesday afternoon, said Pittsburgh Police Acting Chief Regina McDonald.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces with arms and ammunition.
The U.S. Navy is expected to announce soon that Boeing Co's P-8A aircraft, a long-range maritime surveillance plane based on the company's 737 airliner, is ready for initial operational use, sources familiar with the program said. The Navy plans to buy 117 of the new anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare planes to replace its P-3 spy planes built by Lockheed Martin Corp. Boeing won the contract to build the P-8A planes in 2004 and the plane had its first flight in 2009. Boeing, which is also building eight of the new planes for India, will have a P-8A aircraft on display at the Dubai air show that begins on Sunday. "This program milestone supports Navy plans and operational force structure for the maritime patrol community." Boeing spokesman Chick Ramey declined comment on the expected decision but said an announcement would come "very soon." "We have been working hand-in-glove with the Navy to help prepare for the first fleet deployment," he said.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police said Wednesday that they will look into any new leads into the 2001 slaying of a Missouri newspaper sports editor after one of the two men originally convicted of murder had his case overturned and was freed.
The woman accused of stalking Emmy-award winning actor Alec Baldwin and his wife was held in contempt of court during her trial on Wednesday after outbursts in a New York courtroom. Judge Robert Mandelbaum had warned aspiring Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin that he would throw her out of the courtroom on Tuesday after she interrupted testimony by Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria. Sabourin, 41, is charged with 24 counts of harassment and stalking and could face up to a year in prison if convicted. Baldwin, 55, was moved to tears during his testimony on Tuesday as he described Sabourin as "dangerous" and said she had ruined his engagement day when she showed up unannounced at his home.