The celebrations continue after gay marriage was legalized in New York on Friday, the Dodgers file for bankruptcy, Obama is trying to raise the debt ceiling, and the Souris River has flooded to new records in North Dakota.
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(via POLITICO Breaking News from Jun 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the bill legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State, more than doubling the population of Americans for whom same-sex nuptials are available. The law will go into effect in New York in 30 days, and when it does, gay marriage will be legal in six states and Washington, D.C.
TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida, http://bit.ly/ih3ADH
The TSA is defending its officers after a 95-year-old Florida woman was required to take off her adult diaper to get through airport security. According to the TSA, the officers acted “according to proper procedure,” but the woman’s daughter argued that “if this is your procedure…your procedure needs to be changed.”
Dodgers Owner Files for Team Bankruptcy, http://on.wsj.com/j5lCuC
The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in order to not be taken over by Major League Baseball. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a 17-year $2.7 billion deal with Fox Sports because Dodgers owner Frank McCourt planned to use $150 million to settle his divorce with his former wife and pay outstanding debts.
Congressional Week Ahead: Obama Enters Budget Talks, http://nyti.ms/iriwsE
President Obama is meeting with the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate this week to try and work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd, when the Treasury says the country will default for the first time in history. Republicans in the House refuse to raise taxes, but any package with only budget cuts will likely fail in the Democratic Senate.
Global arrest warrant issued for Qaddafi, son, http://bit.ly/jSVKHG
Arrest warrants are out for Libyan leader Muammar al Qaddafi, his son Saif al Islam Qaddafi, and Qaddafi’s brother-in-law and Libya’s head of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court has stated that all 116 nations of the Court are obliged, under the Rome Statute, to arrest Qaddafi and turn him over to the court.
Souris River crests in North Dakota, surging past 1881 mark, http://usat.ly/k9lf5s
The Souris River in North Dakota flooded this weekend, peaking at 1,562 feet above sea level. That’s 4 feet higher than the previous record, which was set in 1881. Over ten thousand residents have bee evacuated, and four thousand homes have been swamped. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the slow-moving river could take a “long long time” to return to normal and allow the community to recover.
(via POLITICO Breaking News) Rep. Michele Bachmann formally launched her presidential campaign Monday morning. “My name is Michelle Bachmann, I stand here among my family and many friends to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she told a crowd of supporters in Waterloo, Iowa. The three-term Minnesota congresswoman, who’s running in a dead-heat with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Iowa according to Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll, is launching an announcement tour that will also include stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop, http://nyti.ms/iv6g10
There are 160 million DVRs in America and according to a new report, those little boxes use more energy than refrigerators. Some even use more power than AC systems, since the boxes’ drives are running 24 hours a day, even when nobody is watching the TV. This means that they waste 66% of the $3 billion in energy they cost to run.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket sells for $1.8m at auction, http://bit.ly/iwe0GQ
Chris Brown & Rihanna In BET Awards Screw-Up, http://bit.ly/iQT7Mb
William & Kate Feel the Love at Wimbledon, http://bit.ly/kDYkFU
‘Cars 2′ Parks At #1 For Weekend Box-Office Debut, http://on.mtv.com/jFysk4