Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Gay marriage's win streak to be tested

Denver

Gay marriage's win streak to be tested

The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry or halt their momentum. A three-judge panel will hear arguments today and next week on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

Elsewhere

Jerusalem: Israel said Wednesday that it was "deeply disappointed" by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks a day earlier that appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks.

Afghanistan: Central government authorities began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter.

Syria: Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said.

Baghdad: Car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

South Africa: Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a photo of his dead girlfriend's bloody head wounds while testifying at his murder trial Wednesday as the prosecutor urged the star athlete to "take responsibility" for killing her.

California: Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, a suspected contract killer charged with murdering nine people, confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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