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Presbyterians reject redefinition of marriage

Church rejects marriage change

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly rejected a proposal to revise the traditional definition of marriage on Friday, a year after it struck down a barrier to ordaining gays. The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Pittsburgh, voted 338-308 against changing how marriage was defined in the church constitution from a "civil contract between a woman and a man" to a "covenant between two people." Other mainline Protestant churches have approved gay ordination or permitted parishes to celebrate same-sex unions in recent years. One major mainline group, the United Church of Christ, has endorsed same-sex marriage outright.

Aquarium tends to baby whale

Marine mammal specialists from across the country have descended on an Alaska aquarium to help care for a baby beluga whale that became separated from its mother shortly after its birth. The male calf, which is doing well, is under 24-hour care at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. It's believed to be the first baby beluga rescue in the United States, at least since federal recordkeeping began in 1972, said Tara Riemer Jones, the center's president and CEO.

Tombstone falls, killing 4-year-old

A 4-year-old boy is dead after a large tombstone toppled onto him while he and his family were visiting a historic cemetery in a Utah ski resort town. Carson Dean Cheney was at the Glenwood Cemetery in Park City with his family Thursday evening when the 6-foot-tall headstone, which weighed hundreds of pounds, detached from its base and fell onto him, Park City police Capt. Phil Kirk said Friday. Authorities were still investigating how it happened. "This tragic accident has taken the life of our energetic, sweet, beloved little boy," his grandmother Geri Gibbs said in a statement.

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