Gay marriage ban stricken in Mich.
A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, the latest in a string of court decisions across the country to rule that denying marriage to gay and lesbian couples is a violation of the Constitution. Attorney General Bill Schuette said he would immediately ask a federal appeals court to freeze the decision and prevent same-sex couples from marrying while he appeals the case. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia issue licenses for same-sex marriage. Since December, bans on gay marriage have been overturned in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, but appeals have put those cases on hold.
City to pay $4.5M in protest injury
The city of Oakland said Frida it will pay $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by an Iraq war veteran severely injured by police during a 2011 Occupy Oakland protest. Scott Olsen, 26, suffered a fractured skull and brain damage when a police officer struck him in the head with a lead bean bag fired from a 12 gauge shotgun.