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In a first, uniformed troops march in gay pride parade

SAN DIEGO

Troops march in gay pride parade

Some of the loudest cheers Saturday at San Diego's gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress, the first time that U.S. service members participated in such an event while in full uniform.

Dozens of soldiers, sailors and Marines marched alongside an old Army truck decorated with a "Freedom to Serve" banner and a rainbow flag.

They were joined by dozens more military personnel in civilian clothes.

Spectators waved signs reading, "Thank you for your service." A woman held a placard that said: "My gay son is a Naval officer."

In a memorandum sent to all its branches this year, the Defense Department said it was making the allowance for the San Diego event even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.

OLD FORGE, N.Y.

Officer shoots and kills son in hotel

State troopers said a police officer in New York shot and killed his son, mistaking him for an intruder. Troopers said Parry Police Department Officer Michael Leach called 911 to report the shooting early Saturday. He was staying at the Clark Beach Motel and shot someone he believed to be an intruder. But the man turned out to be his 37-year-old son, Matthew Leach, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. Troopers say Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock handgun in the shooting. He was hospitalized after the shooting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Teen faces charges for naming attackers

A 17-year-old Kentucky girl faces contempt charges for tweeting the names of two teens who sexually assaulted her. Savannah Dietrich of Louisville told the Courier-Journal she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient plea bargain. The boys' attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing. Contempt carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine. The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents said they want her case to be public.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

U.S. planning to cut military aid to Rwanda

The U.S. government said Saturday it has cut this year's planned military assistance to Rwanda amid concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting rebel movements in neighboring Congo. "The United States has been actively engaged at the highest levels to urge Rwanda to halt and prevent the provision of such support, which threatens to undermine stability in the region," State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said in an emailed statement. Rwanda has denied reports by the United Nations and rights groups that it is supporting the so-called M23 rebel movement in East Congo.

VATICAN CITY

House arrest is eased for former papal butler

Paolo Gabriele, the former papal butler suspected of leaking confidential documents, was put under house arrest Saturday after two months in secure confinement as he continues to await a decision on whether he will be tried on a charge of aggravated theft, a Vatican spokesman said. Gabriele, who was arrested on May 23, was allowed to return to his home inside Vatican City after a seven-hour interrogation that his lawyers said helped to clarify his position to a Vatican tribunal, which concluded the investigative phase of the case.

Elsewhere

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law a new measure that requires non-governmental groups receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity to register as foreign agents.

MADRID: The World Wildlife Fund's branch in Spain has ousted King Juan Carlos as its honorary president — a title he'd held since 1968 — after deciding his recent elephant hunting safari was incompatible with its goal of conserving endangered species.

Freetown, Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone's health ministry said a cholera outbreak has sickened more than 3,800 and killed 66 people since January.

Times wires

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