Milosevic aide to be Serbia's prime minister
The wartime spokesman for Slobodan Milosevic's party will be sworn in as prime minister of Serbia today, officials said, stoking international concerns that Serbia will abandon its European path and return to the nationalism of the past. The newly designated prime minister, Ivica Dacic, heads the Socialist Party, which was once led by Milosevic. Milosevic was overthrown in a revolution in 2000 and died in jail in 2006 while being tried for crimes against humanity. The party's comeback follows the victory of Tomislav Nikolic, another former archnationalist, in the presidential election in May. Dacic and Nikolic both say they've left nationalism behind.
Ala. bus boycott organizer dies
Thelma McWilliams Glass, a longtime professor and civil rights pioneer who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott, died Wednesday at 96. A statement from Alabama State University, where Mrs. Glass was a professor of geography, did not give a cause. "The ASU family lost one of its crown jewels today," president William H. Harris said. He called her a "consummate educator whose life was a shining example of service, courage and commitment." Mrs. Glass was among a group of women to help organize the bus boycott in Montgomery in 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person. The boycott crippled the bus service and helped bring an end to segregation of public transportation in the South a year later.
Judge frees former president on bail
In a surprise ruling, a judge ordered former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo released on bail Wednesday after finding that vote-rigging charges lodged against her were weak. After posting the equivalent of $24,000 bail, Arroyo emerged smiling from a military hospital, where she had been detained for eight months after seeking treatment for a bone ailment. The judge's order was seen as a blow to the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has pointed to Arroyo's arrest and detention as an important milestone in his anticorruption campaign.
Gay marriage gives economic boost
The Big Apple raked in $275 million in economic benefits plus city revenues directly linked to the state's decision to embrace gay marriage, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week. New York legalized gay marriage in July 2011. Since then, more than 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in New York City. The economic impact is estimated from some 200,000 guests who traveled to the city for same-sex wedding receptions.
Training aimed at cyber espionage
Confronting a growing threat to national security, the Justice Department has begun training hundreds of prosecutors to combat and prosecute cyber espionage and related crimes, according to senior department officials, the Washington Post reported. The new training is part of a major overhaul after an internal review that pinpointed gaps in the department's ability to identify and respond to potential terrorist attacks over the Internet and to the rapidly growing crime of cyber espionage, the officials said.