Yale trove includes 'Canterbury Tales'
Yale University has received what it calls the largest and most comprehensive privately owned collection of Middle English texts, including three copies of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Toshiyuki Takamiya, professor emeritus at Japan's Keio University, gave his collection to Yale on long-term loan to allow researchers and students to study it. The collection has 51 medieval English vernacular texts of literary, historical, scientific and cultural significance, Yale said.
O'Connor conducts same-sex wedding
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, at least the second such ceremony since a June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage. A court spokeswoman said O'Connor presided over the ceremony for Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin of Washington. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also has officiated at a gay marriage.
By the numbers
35 Percentage increase in travel abroad by Cubans since the government loosened restrictions in January. The Interior Ministry said Cubans took 226,877 trips to other countries between Jan. 1 and Oct. 23.