Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Clinton calls on court to overturn anti-gay marriage law he signed

Washington

Clinton: time to nix anti-gay marriage law

Former President Bill Clinton is calling on the Supreme Court to overturn a law he signed that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays. Clinton writes in a Washington Post op-ed that American society has changed and he now realizes the law discriminates against gays and provides an excuse for others to discriminate, too. The court is expected to take up a challenge to it this month.

Washington

Sen. Carl Levin won't run again

Michigan Democrat Carl Levin announced Thursday that he would not run for re-election in 2014, adding to an exodus of experience from the Senate. Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the sixth sitting senator to decide not to run again. He said his decision would free him to serve both his state and nation best, by "doing my job without the distraction of campaigning." Levin, 78, has served since 1979.

Cairo

Stuck in middle, Egypt police strike

Thousands of Egyptian security officers went on strike Thursday to protest conflicting pressures from the government to crack down on street demonstrations and from the public to exercise restraint. The police revolt marks a new tangle in a three-way struggle pitting the security forces against President Mohammed Morsi on one side and emboldened mobs of protesters on the other. Anger at police brutality, compounded by impatience with Morsi's failure to deliver immediate changes in the security forces, has fueled protests across Egypt.

Moscow

Bolshoi dancer: I didn't know of acid

Pale and haggard after hours of questioning, a leading Bolshoi dancer told a Moscow court he gave his blessing to an attack on ballet artistic director Sergei Filin but never imagined the assailant would throw acid in his face. Police said Thursday that Pavel Dmitrichenko paid convicted criminal Yuri Zarutsky about $1,600 to attack Filin. The two and the getaway car driver were ordered held at least until April 18, when the investigation continues.

Elsewhere

Vatican City: The last cardinal who will participate in the conclave to elect the next pope arrived Thursday from Vietnam, meaning a date can be set for election.

New York: Julio Acevedo has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and other charges in a car crash that killed a rabbinical college student, his pregnant wife and their baby.

New York: Jurors have started deliberating kidnapping conspiracy charges against police Officer Gilberto Valle in a cannibalism plot.

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