(FINAL UPDATE 3:34 p.m.) In the nation’s most closely watched gay rights case, the Ninth Circuit Court divided 2-1 on Tuesday and struck down “Proposition 8,” the ban on same-sex marriage adopted by California voters in November 2008. The panel majority did not uphold a broad right of gay couples to wed, saying it was enough for now to rule that it was unconstitutional to take away a right to marry only for one minority group, when everyone had the right before.
Egyptians attend a rally calling for a rapid transition from military to civilian rule following the February ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images
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By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A driver crashed his car into a Wal-Mart in California, then attacked shoppers with a blunt object, injuring four people, a local newspaper reported on Sunday. One person was injured when a red Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon crashed into the Wal-Mart in San Jose, California, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care.
"An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog .
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