By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings to back gay marriage.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a federal judge who struck down the state ban as unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti man with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison, while a second is cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Friday.
Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, who has been held at the U.S. prison in Cuba without charge since 2002, is a security threat because he is susceptible to recruitment by extremists, the Periodic Review Board said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled Eisenhower Memorial designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry is a “five-star folly” plagued by rising costs, construction delays and design problems, congressional investigators said on Friday.
The memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. president and World War Two Allied commander, has cost taxpayers $41 million with no design yet approved, the report by the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 31 as it downed trees and overturned vehicles, officials said.
The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, during the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said.
The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On Christmas Eve 1910, future U.S. President Warren Harding wrote his mistress Carrie Phillips a letter that began: “There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you … mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild.”
Harding praises Phillips’ “matchless embrace” and adds: “To have and to hold you, in happiness to you, exclusively, in satisfying and satisfied love, would be the triumph of living and loving.”
WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army will provide
gender identity treatment for Chelsea Manning, a soldier who is
serving a sentence in a military prison for leaking classified
documents to WikiLeaks, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Manning, 26, who was born as a man but identifies as a
woman, had sought to be transferred to a civilian prison to
start hormone therapy. She is serving a 35-year sentence at an
all-male facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A member of the commission overseeing construction of the Eisenhower Memorial said on Friday the controversial design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry should be scrapped.
Commissioner Bruce Cole said Gehry’s design of the memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the World War Two military leader and 34th president, had generated too much opposition, especially with Congress withholding construction funds for two years in a row.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marijuana decriminalization takes effect in the District of Columbia on Thursday, part of an easing of pot penalties in the U.S. capital that has drawn fire from Congress.
The District of Columbia joins 17 states that have reduced penalties for first-time violators to a fine and a civil, or minor, offense. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use of marijuana.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Magnetic toys called Buckyballs, which can be swallowed and have been blamed for numerous injuries, are being recalled at the end of a years-long legal fight, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.
Millions of the loose, high-powered rare earth magnets were sold as toys and desktop accessories. When swallowed they can pinch or trap intestines and require surgery to remove.