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November 20, 2013
U.S. CONGRESS
N.Y. congresswoman is attacked in D.C.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), a freshman House member from the New York City area, was attacked and robbed Tuesday evening in Southeast Washington.

Meng said she had just said goodnight to a friend she had dined with in the Eastern Market neighborhood about 8:30 p.m. when she was attacked from behind.

Police officers found Meng disoriented at Second Street and Independence Avenue SE, with bruising and swelling on the back of her head and injuries to her left knee, a hand and her face, authorities said. Meng was not able to remember where she was robbed or to describe the assailant or assailants, according to a D.C. police report.

Meng told police that had dinner on Eighth Street SE and that her black Gucci tote bag was stolen during the attack. Medics evaluated Meng at the scene and took her to George Washington University Hospital. No arrests had been made in the case, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

Meng, 38, is the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.


— Ed O’Keefe and Clarence Williams

ILLINOIS
Quinn signs bill on same-sex marriage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Wednesday signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making President Obama’s home state the 16th to allow such unions. The law, takes effect June 1.

“This new law is an epic victory for equal rights in America,” Quinn said before signing the bill at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a ceremony attended by about 3,000 people, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and state leaders.

State senators voted to legalize same-sex marriage in February, and the House followed suit this month. Illinois legalized civil unions in 2011.

— From news services

CALIFORNIA
Runoff set in race
for San Diego mayor

Two San Diego City Council members, a Republican backed by the downtown establishment and a Democrat seeking to become the city’s first Hispanic mayor, will compete in a runoff election early next year to replace former mayor Bob Filner.

The stage for a runoff between Republican front-runner Kevin Faulconer and Democrat David Alvarez was firmly set Wednesday when a second Democrat, Nathan Fletcher, conceded defeat in a special mayoral election and threw his support to Alvarez.

Eleven candidates ran in Tuesday’s nonpartisan race, which was triggered by Filner’s resignation in August over a sexual harassment lawsuit.

— Reuters

Missouri executes serial killer: Missouri serial killer and avowed white supremacist Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for him to be put to death for murdering a man outside a synagogue in 1977, a corrections spokesman said. The Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court ruling that overturned two stays granted Tuesday evening by district judges in Missouri.

Albuquerque rejects abortion ban: Albuquerque became the first U.S. city to reject a ballot measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Residents of New Mexico’s largest city voted 55 percent to 45 percent Tuesday against setting the first municipal-level abortion restrictions on doctors, in a bid to shut down a local clinic.

— From news services

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