DENVER – Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state’s request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter.
U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore indicated that the injunction sought by gay couples declaring Colorado’s law unconstitutional is certain to be granted.
Last body found after mudslide
Searchers on Tuesday pulled what they believe was the last missing body from debris left by a landslide in Washington state that researchers said heavy rainfall likely played a key role in triggering.
The intensive search for the 43 people killed in the March 22 disaster in Oso ended in April, but workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge.
Gunmaker moving plant to Tennessee
Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
The well-known gunmaker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015.
VA nominee promises fixes
President Barack Obama’s nominee to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs promised Tuesday to fix systematic failures at the troubled agency and hold government workers accountable for their misconduct.
Former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that, if confirmed, he would work to identify those VA employees who participated in alleged schemes to cover up long waiting times for patient care.
EU tightens Russia sanctions
The European Union Tuesday threatened to restrict Russia’s access to capital markets and to sensitive energy and defense technologies unless President Vladimir Putin expedites the investigation into the downing of the Malaysian Air flight over eastern Ukraine.
EU governments paired that ultimatum with a decision to blacklist Russian businesspeople and companies for the first time, as Putin rejected allegations that Russian-backed rebels shot down the plane, killing all 298 aboard.