Victims' names to be read at 9/11 memorial
The names of all the Sept. 11 victims will be read for the first time during a ceremony in New York City on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Besides the names of those killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, relatives will read the names of those lost in terrorist plane crashes at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in Shanksville, Pa. They also will read the names of the victims of the 1993 trade center bombing. In all, 2,983 names will be read.
DES MOINES, Iowa
Romney won't sign conservative vow
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday became the first Republican presidential candidate to refuse to sign a pledge by conservative Iowa Christian group Family Leader to oppose gay marriage. A spokeswoman said while Romney supports traditional marriage, the oath circulated last week contained inappropriate references. The pledge's introduction initially said African-American children were more likely to be raised in two-parent households when they were born into slavery than they are today. Those words were later removed.
LAKE ELMO, Minn.
Bachmanns avoid questions on clinic
A gay activist's undercover video is drawing unwanted attention to a counseling clinic co-owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, with footage apparently showing a counselor offering to help the activist overcome his homosexual urges. Both Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, who runs the clinic, refused Tuesday to answer questions about the video from Truth Wins Out, a gay advocacy group that has worked to discredit so-called "ex-gay therapy." In the video, a counselor is seen saying that sessions could help build up the patient's desire for women.
Fake Democrats lose in primaries
All six fake Democrats lost to Democrats supported by the party in primaries Tuesday in the first of a series of recall elections targeting nine Wisconsin state senators for their positions on divisive union rights restrictions. The winners take on incumbent Republicans targeted for recall on Aug. 9. Republicans orchestrated the placement of the fake Democrats on Tuesday's ballot to gain more time to distance themselves from the union law that they voted to support in March, spurring the recall efforts.
Heat wave kills poultry: A heat wave that pushed temperatures to 110 degrees killed 4,300 turkeys at a Kansas farm. About 50,000 chickens died at a North Carolina farm when the power went out for an hour.
Flight disturbance: Authorities said Pogos Paul Sefilian of Salt Lake City was arrested after he pelted a Southwest flight attendant with peanuts and pretzels on a flight from Los Angeles to Utah.