Date is set for gay marriage ban lawsuit
A judge has set a Jan. 11 trial date for a federal lawsuit challenging California's gay marriage ban. At a status hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker also barred advocacy groups from joining the lawsuit, filed on behalf of two gay couples seeking to marry in California. Three gay rights groups had petitioned to join on the plaintiffs' side, and an antigay marriage group had asked to intervene on the side of Proposition 8 supporters. Walker denied their petitions. Walker did allow the city of San Francisco to join the case, but only to assess Proposition 8's impact on local government.
Two are killed in hilicopter crash
A military helicopter crashed Wednesday near the peak of Colorado's second-highest mountain, killing two people, injuring one and leaving the only other person aboard missing, authorities said. The Black Hawk helicopter from Kentucky's Fort Campbell was carrying out training exercises when it struck near the top of 14,200-feet tall Mount Massive near Leadville, about 80 miles southwest of Denver, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Nevada: Sen. John Ensign says his affair with a friend's wife was different from former President Bill Clinton's affair because Clinton committed a felony when he lied about it to a grand jury. "I haven't done anything legally wrong," Ensign said Wednesday in rural Fernley, about 40 miles east of Reno.
California: Vowing "never to stop pushing" for condom use in porn, AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials said they plan to file complaints today against 16 production companies who they say have violated workplace safety laws.
Minnesota: Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the country's largest Lutheran denomination, agreed to disagree on homosexuality Wednesday, endorsing at a Minneapolis gathering a statement that says there's room in the church for differing views.
Michigan: Demarco Harris, 12, of Detroit, accused of shooting a 24-year-old woman to death during a street robbery, could face an adult murder sentence of life in prison without parole if he is convicted, authorities said Wednesday.