A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage, a day after a different judge ruled likewise in Oregon. That makes eight US judges in six months whose decisions went the same way, versus none who upheld a state ban.
Missouri's planned execution of a convicted murderer would be the first in the US since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma. The inmate is challenging the state's refusal to disclose the source of the drugs it will use.
Execution by lethal injection has included botched procedures and questions about availability of certain drugs used to kill convicted prisoners. As a result, some in Utah, and other states, want to reinstate death by firing squad.
Six US cities, including Miami, were featured in the crackdown. With the continued ramping up of Obamacare, enforcement of laws that prevent Medicare and other health-care fraud will become increasingly important.
The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take a case about a New Jersey law requiring residents to show a 'justifiable need' to carry a gun in public. The law's critics had hoped the high court would take the case – and rule to expand gun rights.