Senator backs gay marriage
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced Monday that he favors gay marriage, the latest of several lawmakers to change positions on the issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he made the shift after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil rights questions involved and letters from Pennsylvania families. "If two people of the same sex fall in love and want to marry, why would our government stand in the way?" Casey said. In November, as Casey sought a second term, he said he favored same-sex civil unions but did not take a position on same-sex marriage.
Suit: Teen was bullied, injured
A teenager is suing his southwest Iowa school district, several administrators and his former high school football coach, claiming they didn't do enough to protect him from bullying that culminated in an attack during a fall practice that left him with severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities. The boy and his grandmother, who is his guardian, say in their lawsuit filed Friday in Des Moines federal court that he repeatedly told officials at his Bedford high school that he was being bullied by other students but that they ignored him.
Jackpot winner pays up in court
The New Jersey man who won last week's $338 million Powerball jackpot paid $30,000 in unpaid child support Monday in advance of a court appearance to satisfy an outstanding warrant. A Passaic County Superior Court judge had put a stay on a child support warrant for Pedro Quezada, 44, and ordered him to appear in court Monday. Quezada, a father of five, owed about $29,000 in child support, authorities said. But the payments were for only three of those children.