U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban
A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings to back gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a federal judge who struck down the state ban as unconstitutional. Judges Roger Gregory and Henry Floyd wrote that barring gay couples from marrying violated their rights to due process and equal protection under the U...
SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?
House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.
US citizen accused of bribes extradited from Iraq
CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what government officials say is the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the countries.
Cuomo defends handling of corruption panel
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday defended his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work.
Consumer spending, inventories seen lifting U.S. second-quarter GDP
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely rebounded in the second-quarter from a winter-induced slump at the start of the year and will probably continue to gather momentum through the rest of 2014. Gross domestic product likely grew at a 3.0 percent annual rate, according to a Reuters survey of economists, lifted by an acceleration in both consumer spending and stock accumulation by businesses...
Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is one of two American relief workers to test positive for the highly contagious virus that has killed 672 people across the region in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak, the U...
Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported
Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of injuries or fatalities from the storm...
Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago city officials are scrambling to contain a controversy over the city's red light camera system, which may have issued thousands of tickets under questionable circumstances.
City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.
US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.
Florida State law professor was killed in his car
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor found a Florida State University law professor bleeding from a gunshot to the head in the driver's seat of his car in his garage, and the window had been smashed, according to a 911 call released Monday.
Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC
A fugitive task force and a sex-assault suspect got into a shootout Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said.
Police: Man killed family, himself in Maine
SACO, Maine (AP) — A suicidal maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun before killing himself over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday.