A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $85,000 to help Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, above, who refused to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers. (Kai-Huei Yau/The Tri-City Herald via AP)
Campaign aids florist who denied service

A florist in Washington state who was fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and is facing a consumer-protection lawsuit filed by the state has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.

The Seattle Times reported that nearly half of the money on the GoFundMe.com page set up in late February for Barronelle Stutzman, 70, has been raised in the past several days.

Supporters compare Stutzman’s benefit page to an Indiana pizza shop that raised more than $800,000 after closing when a co-owner expressed support for the state’s new religious objections law to protect private business owners. The co-owner said the shop wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding.

But Indiana legislators, facing mounting pressure, tweaked the law late last week to address concerns that it would allow discrimination against gays.

The Washington state law, Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said, “clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.”

— Associated Press

New Mexico
Thousands visit site of atomic-bomb test

Thousands of visitors converged Saturday on the site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated nearly 70 years ago. More than 5,500 people attended the first of two tours being offered this year at the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range officials said. Visitors came from across the United States. People are continually fascinated to see the place that marks a turning point in history, White Sands spokeswoman Erin Dorrance said.

“It brought a quick end to World War II, and it ushered in the atomic age,” Dorrance said. “So out here in the middle of nowhere New Mexico changed the world 70 years ago.”

It was July 16, 1945, when Los Alamos scientists successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, located near Alamogordo.

— Associated Press

Playing cards feature victims in cold cases

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is distributing playing cards with photos of victims of unsolved homicides, hoping to get people to help solve cold cases. The faces of the cards also have details of the cases and a phone number to contact police.

One deck marks 52 unsolved cases, and authorities have two other decks in the works. There are 1,600 unresolved cases in Colorado, including 1,330 homicides.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation first started distributing the cards in October and after a successful test run sent them to local law enforcement agencies and detention centers in January.

The state started the program by ordering 5,000 decks. Authorities plan to order and distribute an additional 10,000 decks in the next year. The cards cost $1.14 per deck.

— Associated Press

Couple stuck, killed by train: Police say an Amtrak train struck and killed a husband and wife who were on the tracks in North Carolina. Authorities say Derek Lowe, 38, and Tina Lowe, 33, were hit by a northbound train shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday in Durham. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said train No. 80, the Carolinian, was headed from Charlotte to New York City when the two were hit on property owned by Norfolk Southern.

— Associated Press