BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition early Wednesday seeking a stay of execution for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who is scheduled to die in Missouri.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday afternoon, which will make President Barack Obama's home state the 16th to allow such unions. Illinois state senators voted to legalize gay marriage last February, and the state House followed suit by a slim margin earlier this month. Once signed by the Democratic governor, the law is due to take effect on June 1, 2014. The Illinois measure is the latest in a series of recent victories for gay rights, coming after Hawaii's governor signed gay marriage into law last week and after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped his legal opposition to such unions last month.
The intelligence community's top lawyer on Tuesday defended the surveillance violations by staff of the National Security Agency by comparing programs that collect mass amounts of information on Americans ...
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Lawyers for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court early Wednesday to stay his execution, which was set to take place in Missouri.
MILLBORO, Va. (AP) — As Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds lay in a hospital with stab wounds apparently inflicted by his son, police investigated their relationship, which by most accounts was a particularly close one.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Republican city councilman cruised to a runoff in an election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner as San Diego mayor, while a first-term Democratic councilman closed in on securing a spot as his challenger.
A medical flight with probably four people on board crashed into the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday shortly after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and two bodies have been recovered, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The plane, a Learjet headed for the Mexican resort city of Cozumel, went down several miles east of Fort Lauderdale shortly after 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Wednesday), Lieutenant Commander Gabe Somma said. The two passengers, a doctor and a nurse, worked for AirEvac International, according to a dispatcher for the air ambulance and transportation company who declined to be named. "We are on pins and needles awaiting further notification," he said, adding "this is a really difficult, emotional situation." Somma said the Coast Guard had received reports that four people were aboard the aircraft but said that he could not confirm the number.
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Not many rock groups get discovered years after they disband. Even fewer stage comebacks spread over more than three decades. Yet that's the story of The Shaggs, which started as an obscure girl band in New Hampshire in the 1960s, broke up in the '70s, became a cult favorite in the '80s and inspired a musical that enjoyed an off-Broadway run last year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third of Texas' abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women's rights.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The fate of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was unclear as the scheduled time of his expected punishment in Missouri passed, with no decision yet made on a federal judge's stay of execution.