SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Republican city councilman took a big lead Tuesday in an election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner as San Diego mayor, but early returns showed him falling short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, whose term was marked by a dramatic diplomatic row over the fate of a human rights activist, said on Wednesday he will step down from his role early next year for personal reasons. His 2-1/2 years as ambassador were highlighted by a tussle over blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest to seek refuge in the embassy and secured a visa to study in the United States last year. "When I met with President Obama earlier this month, I informed him of my decision to step down as ambassador in early 2014 to rejoin my family in Seattle," Locke said a statement released by the U.S. embassy. "Our efforts have focused on job creation in America by increasing exports to China, opening more markets for American companies, and promoting Chinese investment in the U.S.," he said.
SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of officiating at his son's same-sex wedding was suspended for 30 days on Tuesday but remained defiant, saying he refuses to change his views, even if it means permanently losing his credentials.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bob Filner's resignation as San Diego mayor amid widespread allegations of sexual harassment has given Republicans a chance Tuesday to recapture an office they held for much of the last four decades — and an opportunity for a rare win leading a major American city.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — In solemnity, thousands of people gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in New Mexico's largest city Tuesday were deciding whether to ban late-term abortions in a first-of-its-kind municipal election that was being closely watched as a possible new front in the abortion wars.
(Reuters) - A federal judge granted a serial killer a stay of execution on Tuesday hours before he was to be put to death, allowing him time to challenge Missouri's new lethal drug protocol, a ruling the state immediately appealed. Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed white supremacist, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing one man and wounding two outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977. He was scheduled to be executed early on Wednesday at a Missouri prison. Franklin, 63, has been linked to the deaths of at least 18 other people.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that was not initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday during Zimmerman's first court appearance on domestic violence-related charges.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday granted a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death, citing concerns over the state's new execution method.
WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $13 billion in a landmark settlement and acknowledged that it misled investors about the quality of risky mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.