By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On March 6, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court's deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on Wall Street. Twenty-eight of the country's biggest financial firms had made an unprecedented show of unity in support of gay marriage by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions. Then, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that denied benefits to same-sex couples. "Together, we pushed Wall Street to a place our industry has never gone before," Daniel Maury, a managing director at UBS Group AG, wrote in a celebratory email to his fellow members of Open Finance, a group of gay and lesbian Wall Street employees that lobbied hard for banks' signatures.
(Reuters) - Mary Doyle Keefe, known for modeling as "Rosie the Riveter" in the famed Norman Rockwell painting that came to symbolize women factory workers during World War II, has died, according to an obituary published by a local mortuary. Keefe died peacefully on Tuesday in Simsbury, Connecticut after living the last eight years at the McLean Village Community, the Carmon Community Funeral Homes obituary said. The Norman Rockwell Museum said in a statement on Wednesday night that it was "saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Doyle Keefe," and sent condolences to her family. The fictional Rosie, depicted eating lunch in blue jean work overalls with a rivet gun in her lap and her feet resting on a copy of Adolf Hitler's manifesto "Mein Kampf," became a symbol of how the war opened doors for American women to enter factories and take on labor jobs previously reserved for men.
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has acquitted a longtime state lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, an Alzheimer's patient, bringing to a close a trial that raised questions about the capacity of people with dementia to consent to sex.
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.
(Reuters) - The police chief of a Detroit suburb resigned on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported, just days after one of the department's officers was charged over a beating of a black driver in January that was caught on video. It was the latest resignation of a police chief following allegations of excessive force used by officers against minorities, which have sparked protests and unrest in cities across the United States. A statement from the city of Inkster said that Police Chief Vicki Yost's resignation was effective immediately, though it did not specifically mention the beating case and thanked Yost for her work, the newspaper reported. On Monday, prosecutors charged former Inkster officer William Melendez, 46, with misconduct and assault in the beating of black motorist, Floyd Dent.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday night that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson.