MINNESOTA LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE
CHICAGO: Minnesota on Monday became the 12th state, and the third in two weeks, to legalize same-sex marriage, marking another victory for marriage equality campaigners in the United States. Senators in the state capital Saint Paul approved the measure by a 37-30 vote, after it cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday, and Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign it into law as early as Tuesday. “I am proud to be a Minnesotan today,” said Democratic state senator Scott Dribble during a four-hour debate in which he announced he’ll marry his longtime gay partner on August 1, the day the law comes into force. Rhode Island legalized same-sex marriage on May 2, followed by Delaware last Tuesday. Besides Minnesota, the only Midwestern state to recognize gay marriage is Iowa.
SAUDI WITH PRESSURE COOKER IN SUITCASE NABBED
CHICAGO: A Saudi who flew to the United States with a pressure cooker in his suitcase was arrested at Detroit airport after officials spotted a page missing from his passport, court documents filed on Monday showed. He was arrested on suspicion of attempting to enter the United States with a “mutilated and altered passport” and making “misrepresented statements” but has not yet been formally charged with a crime. The arrest comes as America remains on heightened alert a month after a pair pressure cookers packed with explosives were used in a bombing at the Boston Marathon with left three people dead and more than 260 wounded.
40 PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS ESCAPE FROM KENYA HOSPITAL
NAIROBI: Ten of 40 mentally ill patients who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, have been returned to the facility, officials said on Monday. “We are now talking of 30 mental patients who are not back. Some have come back on their own volition while some were captured and brought back by their relatives,” police chief Samuel Anampiu said. Anampiu said two of the escapees went back to the hospital voluntarily while eight others were returned by their families. The patients overpowered guards and forced open the door of their ward in the Mathari Mental Hospital on Sunday morning.
VERMONT ALLOWS DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE
WASHINGTON: Liberal-minded Vermont has become the third US state to allow doctor-assisted suicide, letting terminally ill patients request lethal medication from physicians. Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, stated he will sign the End of Life Choice Bill, approved Monday by the House of Representatives in the state capital Montpelier by a 75-65 vote. Oregon and Washington already allow doctor-assisted suicide. But Vermont, a small rural state in New England, is the first to do so by a legislative process rather than through a voter-initiated referendum.