standing up for gay rights: Protesters of the gay and lesbian activist group AllOut on Tuesday demonstrated opposite Downing Street in London about the treatment of gays and lesbians in Russia and about a law adopted by Russia’s parliament making “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” illegal.
Ariel Castro found hanging in his cell
A man serving a life sentence for imprisoning three women in his home and subjecting them to rapes and beatings for a decade was found hanging in his cell, the Ohio Department of Corrections said. Ariel Castro, 52, — who was sentenced in August to life in prison, plus 1,000 years, for the torture of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus — was being held at a prison in Orient, Ohio. He had been housed in protective custody, which means he was held in a cell by himself and rounds were required every 30 minutes. The Department of Corrections said it was investigating the incident.
Intel: Al-Qaida seeks to hack drones
Al-Qaida’s leadership has assigned cells of engineers to find ways to shoot down, jam or remotely hijack U.S. drones, hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses against the terrorist network, according to top-secret U.S. intelligence documents. Although there is no evidence that Al-Qaida has forced a drone crash or interfered with flight operations, U.S. officials have closely tracked the group’s efforts, the documents show.
National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits
The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won’t issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their bans on gay marriage. Tuesday was the first working day that gays in the military could apply for benefits after the Pentagon announced it would recognize same-sex marriages. Texas and Mississippi appeared to be the only two states limiting the process.
Christie: Rival made a dig at his weight
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him “frolicking on the beach” was not a boost to tourism. State Sen. Barbara Buono denied taking aim at Christie’s size. Christie, 50, who is noticeably slimmer since undergoing gastric band surgery in February, said making “derisive comments about someone’s physical appearance is really beneath the office she’s seeking.”
A first for NAACP chapter, Ku Klux Klan
A meeting between the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and an organizer for the Ku Klux Klan over the weekend is believed to be the first of its kind. The meeting between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP, and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., took place at a hotel in Casper, Wyo., under tight security, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said that the meeting is a first. Abarr said that he met with Simmons and ended up filling out an NAACP membership form so he can get the group’s newsletters and some insight into its views.
Official: Bosses sanctioned killings