Thousands of mourners passed through tight security Friday to join a capacity crowd awaiting President Barack Obama's eulogy at the funeral of the leader of a church where police said a white gunman fatally shot nine black people last week.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday. Reynolds, 63, who was charged on Thursday, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts against him, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago. Reynolds, a Rhodes scholar and one-time promising star of the Democratic Party, was first elected to Congress in 1992.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A man whose claim about a stolen iPad left a deaf man jailed for six weeks has now recanted his accusation.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday that makes gay marriage legal nationwide as "a great step forward for human rights." The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. "Denying couples legal recognition of their relationship opens the door to widespread discrimination.
A young man unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers in an attack that killed at least 28 people at a Tunisian beach resort - one of three deadly attacks from Europe to the Middle East on Friday that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists.
A man with suspected ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a car Friday into an American gas factory in southeastern France, triggering an explosion that injured two people, officials said.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Kentucky will allow same-sex couples to marry and recognize marriages of gay couples in other jurisdictions effective immediately, Governor Steve Beshear said on Friday. Beshear, a Democrat, ordered the state to provide revised marriage license forms to county clerks for immediate use and all members of his Cabinet to alter any policies necessary to implement the U.S. Supreme Court decision. (Reporting by Steve Bittenbender in Louisville; Writing by David Bailey)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas counties began issuing marriage licenses on Friday to same-sex couples, including the state's most populous, Pulaski, which is home to the capital of Little Rock, county clerks said.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood: Gay marriages cannot take place immediately in state.
Travis County, home of the Texas capital of Austin, on Friday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the county clerk's office said. In other major Texas counties, scores of same-sex couples have been gathering to receive marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court said earlier in the day that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry.
Here is a look at some key events in the history of gay rights in the United States. - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the case One, Inc. v. Olesen, backs the free-speech rights of a gay magazine after U.S. postal officials and the FBI labeled it obscene and prohibited its mail distribution.
Here is a look at what changes after today's Supreme Court decision.
(Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told the plaintiff at the center of the gay marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that he had changed the country with his leadership on the issue. "I'm really proud of you and just know that not only did you set a great example for people but you're also going to bring about lasting change in this country," Obama told James Obergefell in a telephone call that was carried live on CNN. "It's pretty rare when that happens," he added. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, but says state lawmakers should follow up by passing a law to protect people against discrimination based on their sexual or gender preference.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law for being overly broad in a ruling that backed a Minnesota white supremacist who challenged his sentence on a firearms crime. The court ruled in favor of Samuel Johnson, who was given 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. The justices found on a 6-3 vote that a sentencing provision of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act is so expansive that it violated the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which mandates due process under the law.
"Due to a target malfunction, the test wasn't conducted and an interceptor wasn't launched," said Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department agency. No comment was immediately available from Lockheed. Raytheon Co, which builds the SM-3 missile used by the Aegis Ashore system, the land-based version of the Aegis combat system deployed on U.S. Navy destroyers, as well as its AN/SPY-1 radar, referred questions to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
French officials said the attack began when 2 men crashed a car into the entrance of a gas factory owned by Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 11 a.m. on Friday on the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution gives gay people the right to marry, the White House said.