Senate confirms first openly gay judge for U.S. Court of Appeals
By a unanimous vote, the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. Court of Appeals. Todd Hughes, 46, a Justice Department lawyer, will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a Washington-based court that decides appeals and claims involving patents, trademarks, veterans benefits and international trade disputes. Although his sexual orientation was noted when President Obama made the nomination, it did not figure in his confirmation.
Final people missing in massive floods have been found safe
The final six people who were unaccounted for after massive flooding in Colorado have been found safe and well, leaving only one person missing and presumed dead, authorities said. Eight deaths have been confirmed. It was a remarkable outcome after a disaster in which more than 1,200 people were missing at one point.
Boston begins process of selecting new mayor for 1st time in decades
Boston voters were taking a major step toward ushering in a new era as they went to the polls to whittle down a field of 12 candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. The top two vote-getters move on to the Nov. 5 final. Menino, who has had health problems, announced this year that he would retire after more than 20 years in office.
Fearing N. Korea nuclear plan, Beijing bans some exports
In a sign of increasing concern about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, China published a list that included militarylike hardware and chemical substances that would be banned from export to North Korea for fear they could be used in constructing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The items in the 236-page document are prohibited from being sent because “the dual-use products and technologies delineated in this list have uses in weapons of mass destruction,” the Ministry of Commerce said.
Dozens die in Pakistan quake so powerful that it may have created island
Thousands of Pakistanis ran into the streets praying for their lives as a powerful earthquake rocked a remote area in the southwest, killing at least 182 people and possibly creating a small island off the coast. The military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Baluchistan Province’s Awaran district, where the quake was centered, and the nearby area of Khuzdar. Local officials said they were sending doctors, food and 1,000 tents for people who had nowhere to sleep as strong aftershocks continued to shake the region. Officials were investigating whether the earthquake was so powerful that it pushed up the earth and formed a new island off the coast of the port of Gwadar.