Court rules lesbian couple married in Mass. cannot divorce in R.I.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A lesbian couple that married in Massachusetts cannot get divorced in their home state of Rhode Island, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The court, in a 3-2 decision, said the state's family court lacks the authority to grant the divorce of a same-sex couple because Rhode Island lawmakers have not defined marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman.
'The role of the judicial branch is not to make policy, but simply to determine the legislative intent,' the court wrote.
Survivors, families gather to remember Pearl Harbor attack
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - A few dozen graying Pearl Harbor survivors observed a moment of silence on Friday in honor of their comrades who perished in the Japanese bombing of Oahu 66 years ago.
Wearing aloha shirts and orchid flower lei, the veterans stood on a pier overlooking the sunken hull of the USS Arizona and saluted the flag as a sailor sang 'The Star Spangled Banner.'
Survivors of each of the nine battleships bombed in the attack took turns setting wreaths before life preservers bearing the names of their ships.
'We're honoring the people who were killed. We're not here for ourselves, we're here for them,' said George A. Smith, 83, who was on board the USS Oklahoma the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Shots fired outside Pennsylvania mall
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Shots were fired in the parking lot of a shopping mall Friday during an apparent holdup of an armored car, officials said.
People ran into the mall for safety after the gunfire began. Bank of America spokesman Ernesto Anguilla said the shooting was apparently related to an attempted holdup of an armored car.
Mall shooter note: 'I just snapped'
OMAHA, Neb. - The gunman who killed eight people in a mall shooting 'just snapped,' he said in a suicide note released Friday that combines love for his friends and family and hate for his random victims.
'I know everyone will remember me as some sort of monster but please understand that I just don't want to be a burden on the ones that I care for my entire life,' he wrote. 'I just want to take a few pieces of (expletive) with me.'
Manhattan grocery store plugs ham as Hanukkah food
NEW YORK - A grocery store in Manhattan made a food faux pas, advertising hams as 'Delicious for Chanukah.'
Chanukah - an alternate spelling for Hanukkah - is the eight-day Jewish holiday that began Tuesday evening, and hams can't be eaten under Jewish dietary laws.
A woman who saw the mistake over the weekend at the Balducci's store on 14th Street took pictures of the signs and posted them on her blog.
Jennifer Barton, director of marketing, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the signs were changed as soon as the error was noted.
She issued an apology on the company Web site, saying the company would be reviewing its employee training.
Colo. hurricane forecaster predicts 7 Atlantic hurricanes
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Hurricane forecaster William Gray called Friday for seven Atlantic hurricanes, three of them major, during the 2008 season.
Gray's team at Colorado State University issued the prediction six months before the June-November season begins.
The preliminary forecast calls for a total of 13 named storms in the Atlantic. It also says it is probable that at least one major hurricane will hit the U.S. coastline.
Senator seeks investigation of CIA tape destruction
WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats on Friday demanded a full Justice Department investigation into whether the CIA obstructed justice by destroying videotapes that documented the harsh 2002 interrogations of two alleged terrorists.
A day after CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden told agency employees the tapes were destroyed in 2005, members of Congress, human rights groups and lawyers for accused terrorists said the tapes may have been key evidence that the U.S. government had illegally authorized torture.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said Friday that President Bush did not have any recollection about the tapes or about their destruction.