Petraeus to teach at USC part time
David Petraeus, the former four-star Army general who resigned as head of the CIA last year after confessing to an extramarital affair, will teach part time at the University of Southern California and help mentor students who are veterans, officials said Thursday. Petraeus, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will teach and participate in seminars on such issues as international relations, government, leadership, information technology and energy, the university said. Petraeus, 60, starts his position at USC on July 1 for an open-ended period.
Man fires gun in airport, is killed
A man who fired a gun in a ticketing area Thursday at Bush Intercontinental Airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official, police said. The incident sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming. It's unclear if the man shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who confronted him, police said. The man's name was not released, but police say he was about 30 years old. An autopsy will be conducted today.
Gay marriage legal in Rhode Island
Rhode Island became the nation's 10th state Thursday to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. A 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and friends. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps after a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect.
Maryland repeals death penalty
Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland abolished the death penalty. The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination.
TV personality admits sex abuse
An elderly British television and radio personality has admitted to 14 counts of sexually abusing girls age 9 to 17 decades ago, it emerged Thursday. Stuart Hall, 83, pleaded guilty to the charges last month, but the news media was barred from reporting it until now. Hall, a familiar figure whose career spanned five decades, was arrested in December as part of a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse from as long as 50 years ago.