GOP reaffirms opposition to gay marriage
The Republican National Committee passed resolutions on Friday reaffirming its commitment to defining marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman, and calling on the Supreme Court to "uphold the sanctity of marriage" as it weighs cases involving same-sex marriage. The measures were adopted unanimously and without discussion as part of a slate of resolutions at the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles, a committee spokeswoman said. The moves come amid soul-searching within the GOP over same-sex marriage, which has gained support among Democrats and independents but is opposed by most Republicans, polls show. Social conservatives sent a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus threatening to decamp if the party did not reaffirm its commitment to their issues.
EPA delays limit on carbon emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it would delay issuance of a new rule limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from new power plants after the electric power industry objected on legal and technical grounds. The rule, proposed a year ago and scheduled to be finalized today, would have put in place the first restrictions on climate-altering gases from the power sector in the United States. Agency officials said it would be rewritten to address the concerns raised by the industry, which said that strict new carbon standards could not be met using existing technology.
Retailers recall magnet sets
Six retailers have agreed to a voluntary recall of a brand of potentially dangerous high-powered magnet sets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Marbles the Brain Store, ThinkGeek and Hallmark retailers are recalling "Buckyballs" and "Buckycubes" after the agency received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting the product, with all but one needing medical help.
Christiansburg, Va.: An 18-year-old college student, Neil Allan MacInnis, was charged Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a mall branch of New River Community College before he was subdued, police said.
Iraq: A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 30.