Mich. woman says she was beaten because of her gay marriage; mudslide death toll rises

April 1
MICHIGAN
Newlywed beaten for same-sex marriage

A search is on for three men accused of knocking a woman unconscious in an apparent anti-gay attack less than two weeks after she gave a television interview about her marriage, authorities in Michigan said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old woman and her partner were wed March 22 in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that briefly allowed same-sex nuptials after a federal judge struck down the Michigan ban on same-sex nuptials.

The woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus on Monday evening close to her home near Ypsilanti, about 35 miles west of Detroit, the Wash­tenaw County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman was punched in the face and kicked in the abdomen, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

— Reuters

WASHINGTON
Death toll from mudslide rises to 28

The official death toll from Washington state’s mudslide has increased to 28, and the ­Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said 22 victims have been positively identified. That’s up from 27 dead with 19 identified Tuesday morning.

Officials say the number of people who are missing now stands at 20.

Officials say receding floodwaters near the rural community of Oso are helping in the search for human remains by exposing more sites that can be examined.

— Associated Press

N.Y. student accepted to entire Ivy League: A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools. Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., began hearing from the schools — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania — on March 27. He told Reuters he was leaning toward Yale because of the financial aid package. The William Floyd High School senior scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT. That places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.

Saudi student sues Beck for defamation: A Saudi man injured in the Boston Marathon bombing has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glenn Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of saying on the air that the plaintiff was “the money man” behind the attack. In the federal lawsuit filed Friday in Boston, Abdulrahman Alharbi says his reputation was “substantially and severely damaged” as a result of Beck’s statements tying him to the bombings. Alharbi, 20, who attends college in the Boston area, says in his lawsuit that he was questioned by authorities who searched his apartment before determining he had no connection to the attacks. Beck’s agent didn’t immediately respond to a phone call Tuesday seeking comment.

Mumps outbreak in Ohio grows to 116 cases: The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University in Columbus or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday.

Scouts remove gay leader: The Boy Scouts of America has removed a gay troop leader in Seattle. The organization told Geoff McGrath in a letter Monday that it “has no choice” but to revoke his registration after he said he was gay while being profiled by NBC News. McGrath, 49, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its formation was approved in the fall. The Boy Scouts began accepting openly gay youth for the first time this year but said it would continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.

— From news services

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