Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Typhoon survivors march in city to boost morale

Philippines

Typhoon survivors march in city to boost morale

A Roman Catholic priest led dozens of displaced typhoon survivors on a march through the shattered Philippine city of Tacloban on Tuesday, seeking to boost its spirits. The marchers sang "We shall overcome" as they toured parts of Tacloban, at one point skirting some unburied corpses in bags by the roadside. The Rev. Robert Reyes, an activist priest known for running long distances across country to draw attention to social issues, said the marchers were living in a church and a sports stadium. "This is not an ordinary march. We call it the walk to overcome," Reyes said. Typhoon Haiyan cut a path across eastern and central Philippines on Nov. 8, with some of the fastest wind speeds on record. It killed or has left missing more than 5,000 people and displaced an estimated 4 million people. A major international relief mission is under way to help the survivors.

Washington

Reid weighs change to rules on filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that he's considering changing his chamber's rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama's nominations, a warning shot that suggested Democrats might move to end a long-simmering partisan dispute. Reid's comments came a day after Republicans used a filibuster — which take 60 votes to end — to block the third Obama nominee since Oct. 31 to an influential federal appeals court.

Spring City, Pa.

Pastor is suspended over gay wedding

A United Methodist minister from Pennsylvania who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony was suspended for 30 days Tuesday and told he will lose his credentials if he violates any of the church's rules in that time. The same jury of fellow pastors that convicted the Rev. Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows told him he must surrender his credentials if he decides he can't uphold all of the church's Book of Discipline. Before the ruling, Schaefer, who was convicted for officiating at his son's 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, told the jury that he is unrepentant and refused to vow not to perform more gay unions.

Washington

High court won't block Texas abortion law

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state's clinics to stop providing abortions. The justices voted 5-4 to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The court's conservative majority refused the plea of Planned Parenthood and several Texas abortion clinics to overturn a preliminary federal appeals court ruling that allowed the provision to take effect.

Elsewhere

Charlottesville, Va.: State Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009, was stabbed Tuesday at his home during an altercation with his son, who then apparently took his own life, authorities said.

Russia: The pilots of a Boeing 737 that plunged to earth at the Kazan airport on Sunday, killing all 50 aboard, lost speed in a steep climb and then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by Russian aviation experts. Times wires

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