An American Indian tribe in northern Michigan approved same-sex marriage Friday, becoming at least the third tribe nationwide to do so and immediately wedding a gay couple who had been together for 30 years. Dexter McNamara, tribal chairman for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, signed the marriage measure after his tribal council approved it by a 5-4 vote, after the council had rejected it just last year. "I started thinking about it, and that’s when I decided that, you know, we all deserve to be happy," McNamara said of his decision to support the measure, "and everybody is happy in different ways, they show their love in different ways, and I decided to sign it." Following his decision, he promptly wed Tim LaCroix, 53, and Gene Barfield, 60, of Boyne City, Mich. Although same-sex marriage is officially banned in Michigan, the tribe hopes that its approval will bring the state and the country one step closer to acceptance.
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The two Ohio high school football stars accused of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl humiliated “somebody who was too impaired to say no, somebody who was too impaired to say stop,” a prosecutor said Wednesday
The two Ohio high school football stars accused of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl humiliated “somebody who was too impaired to say no, somebody who was too impaired to say stop,” a prosecutor said Wednesday, NBC News reported. The Steubenville High School football players — quarterback Trent Mays, 17, and wide receiver Ma’Lik Richmond, 16 — were accused of assaulting the girl while she was intoxicated and couldn't consent during a victory party in August. In her opening statement at a trial that has divided the football-obsessed town of Steubenville, Hemmeter also said the girl was "soft-spoken, mumbling and not participating" in the assault. The girl, who told police she didn’t remember the incident, will be among dozens of witnesses taking the stand. Three players who have not been charged but allegedly witnessed the encounters are expected to testify for the prosecution. The alleged rape garnered national attention because of graphic cell phone photos and video that spread on social media. If convicted, Mays and Richmond could be held in a juvenile jail until they are 21.
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South Korea’s military warned it will strike back if North Korea launches a threatened attack, Reuters reported. In a rare appearance on state television Tuesday, a top North Korea general renewed threats to both the U.S. and South Korea because of military drills the two western ally countries began March 1. The threat comes on the heels of a deal between the U.S. and China to “significantly expand” U.N. sanctions on North Korea for its third nuclear test, according to NBC News . The U.N. sanctions are to be formally announced on Thursday. North Korea also announced March 11 as the termination date of the cease-fire that ended the Korean War in 1953, BBC said.
South Korea said it would not stand idly by if its territory was attacked. "We have all preparations in place for strong and decisive punishment, not only against the source of the aggression and its support forces but also the commanding element," Major General Kim Yong-hyun of the South Korean army told reporters.
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Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are filing FAA applications to use drones for surveillance, but civil rights groups are concerned about a lack of regulation, NBC 4 New York reported. Last month NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he would be interested in using drones for monitoring crowds and large demonstrations. Kelly has reportedly said he would consider using a small drone similar to a remote-controlled airplane equipped with a camera. Small drones, even tiny ones – the size of hummingbirds – seem to be under consideration by dozens of other police agencies too. The I-Team reviewed hundreds of pages from FAA drone applications filed by police departments, sheriff’s offices, the FBI, and educational institutions – most of the applicants are researching drones that can be launched right from a person’s hand. Police and civilian use of drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, was made possible last year when President Barack Obama signed a law opening the skies to UAVs by September 2015. One police department in Alabama wants to use a drone for “covert surveillance of drug transactions.” In Maryland, a drone would be used for “aerial observation of houses when serving warrants.” In Texas, one police department wants to use a drone for “forensic photographs and intelligence gathering.”
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A military transport plane crashed in southern Kazakhstan on Tuesday, killing all 27 people on board, including the country's acting border service chief. The Russian-made An-72 crashed at about 7 p.m.
A military transport plane crashed in southern Kazakhstan on Tuesday, killing all 27 people on board, including the country's acting border service chief. The Russian-made An-72 crashed at about 7 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) about 12 miles away from the city of Shymkent near the border with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan's Committee for National Security said in a statement. "The plane has burned up, only some of its fragments remain," the RIA news agency quoted the head of the regional emergencies department as saying. Without specifying further details, authorities said an investigation was opened into the crash. No cause was given, but southern Kazakhstan over recent weeks has been buffeted by winds, heavy snows and low temperatures, causing widespread flight delays.
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Israel voiced doubt on Tuesday about claims that chemical weapons had been used against rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. Activists on Monday claimed civilians had suffered injuries consistent...
Israel voiced doubt on Tuesday about claims that chemical weapons had been used against rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. Activists on Monday claimed civilians had suffered injuries consistent with exposure to some kind of poisonous gas. "We have seen reports from the opposition. It is not the first time. The opposition has an interest in drawing in international military intervention," Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Army Radio. "As things stand now, we do not have any confirmation or proof that (chemical weapons) have already been used, but we are definitely following events with concern," he said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gathered activist accounts on Sunday of what they said was a poison gas attack in the city of Homs. The reports are difficult to verify, as the government restricts media access in Syria. The Observatory, a British-based group with a network of activists across Syria, said those accounts spoke of six rebel fighters who died after inhaling smoke on the front line of Homs's urban battleground. It said it could not confirm that poison gas had been used and called for an investigation.
Syria has said it would never use chemical weapons against its citizens.
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Two former BP employees charged with manslaughter in the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers in 2010 said Wednesday, they were innocent. "I think about the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon every day," Robert Kaluza, a rig supervisor, told reporters before his arraignment. "But I did not cause this tragedy. I am innocent and I put my trust, reputation and future in the hands of the judge and the jury." Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, the other BP worker charged, were indicted earlier this month on manslaughter charges and accused of disregarding abnormal high-pressure readings ahead of the explosion. Kalua's attorney Shaun Clarke said the men did their jobs correctly and were being used as scapegoats. BP has announced that it will plead guilty to manslaughter, among other charges, and pay out a record $4.5 billion in penalties.
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A 23-year-old Illinois man was arrested and charged Friday with possession of an explosive or incendiary devise and violation of the Oklahoma anti-terrorism act after the discovery of bomb-making materials and notes about destroying 48 churches in Oklahoma were found in his motel room, NewsOK.com reported, citing an arrest affidavit. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was arrested in Miami, Okla. and is being held without bail. NewsOK.com reported that Miami Police Chief George Haralson said the targets were churches in Ottawa County in the far northeast corner of Oklahoma.
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