July 30, 2013
PENNSYLVANIA
State fights same-sex marriage licensing

State officials asked a court Tuesday to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, nearly a week after a clerk began granting them in violation of Pennsylvania law, which does not allow such marriages or civil unions.

The petition filed by the health department alleges that D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills in Montgomery County, “repeatedly and continuously” flouted the law. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hanes’s office had granted 34 licenses and registered six same-sex marriages.

Hanes began issuing licenses to same-sex couples shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. County Solicitor Ray McGarry said Tuesday that the county will continue to grant licenses to same-sex couples.

— Associated Press

HEALTH
Prepackaged salad mix cause of illnesses

Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states.

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. A spokeswoman for the Nebraska health department said the specific brands of salad mixes have not been identified.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 372 cases of the infection have been reported in 15 states and that at least 21 people have been hospitalized.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
San Diego sues mayor facing lawsuit

San Diego sued Mayor Bob Filner in San Diego Superior Court on Tuesday to require that he pay any costs incurred from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, hours after the city council voted 9 to 0 to back the move, dealing another setback to the mayor amid mounting calls that he resign.

Irene McCormack Jackson sued the mayor and the city July 22, alleging that Filner asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear. Since then, six other women have offered detailed accounts of Filner’s advances.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK
Court rules against Bloomberg on sodas

A mid-level state appeals court ruled Tuesday that New York’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high-calorie soft drinks served in city restaurants, theaters and stadiums.

A four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that while the board has the power to ban “inherently harmful” foodstuffs from being served to the public, sweetened beverages do not fall into that category. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), the driving force behind the regulation, promised a quick appeal.

— Associated Press

Student settles with DEA: A University of California at San Diego student who was left handcuffed in a federal holding cell for nearly five days without food or water has reached a $4.1 million settlement with the Drug Enforcement Administration, his attorneys said Tuesday. Daniel Chong, 24, who was rounded up along with eight others in an April 21, 2012, drug raid at a San Diego area home, has said that he was forced to drink his own urine and nearly died after being placed in the cell and apparently forgotten. He spent five days in a hospital, three of them in intensive care.

— Reuters

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