Mass. Judge Won't Halt

Out-of-State Marriage Ban

BOSTON -- A state judge Wednesday declined to halt enforcement of a 1913 state law barring out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts.

Eight same-sex couples from out of state had asked Superior Court Judge Carol Ball to block the state from enforcing the law, arguing that it was discriminatory. It prohibits any marriages that would not be legal in the couple's home state.

On May 17, Massachusetts became the first state where same-sex marriages are recognized. But Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly ruled that the law prohibited out-of-state couples from taking advantage of that new right.

An attorney for the couples said they would continue to push the case.

Court: U.S. May Require

DNA Testing for Parolees

SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal parolees may be required to provide blood samples for a national DNA database used to solve crime, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled 6 to 5.

The decision, which overturned a three-judge panel's ruling last October, brings the 9th Circuit in line with other appellate courts around the country that have examined the four-year-old federal DNA law.

The law requires federal prisoners, parolees and probationers convicted of a variety of crimes, including murder, sexual abuse and burglary, to provide blood samples for a national DNA bank.

* MIAMI -- A 4-year-old foster child whose unsolved disappearance rocked Florida's child welfare agency two years ago was caged and tied up before she vanished, authorities said in announcing abuse charges against her two caregivers. Geralyn Graham was charged with kidnapping and three counts of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm in the months leading up to the 2001 disappearance of Rilya Wilson. Graham is in prison serving a sentence for fraud. Her roommate, Pamela Graham, was charged with child abuse causing no great harm and child neglect.

* PITTSBURGH -- A doctor whose homes were searched this month by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks has lost his job at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "His employment ends on November 8, and he will be on leave until then," UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz said of Kenneth Berry.

* REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Superior Court Judge Alfred A. Delucchi, who is presiding over the Scott Peterson murder trial, postponed cross-examination of Amber Frey, a key prosecution witness , citing a "potential development" that needed to be "checked out."

* DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case has loosened a gag order after objections from prosecutors, news groups and attorneys for the accuser. The new order permits comments to reporters but still prohibits talking about the character and credibility of the accuser, Bryant or any witness.

-- From News Services