Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. FIGHT WITHIN GOP MARKS PRIMARIES
Republican struggles between establishment-backed conservatives and tea party-favored rivals are a dominant feature this election season.
Judge overturns Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage, calls challengers ‘courageous’
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs - a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s teenage daughters - courageous for challenging the constitutionality of the ban passed by lawmakers in 1996.
“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” the judge wrote.
The judge declined to put his ruling on hold for a possible appeal by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, so it went into immediate effect. The governor, who opposes gay marriage, did not issue a statement or indicate whether he would appeal. However, his state party chairman complained that an “activist” judge had usurped the power of the Legislature.
Amid a frenzy of celebration across the state, county offices in Philadelphia stayed open late to handle marriage applications, while officials in Pittsburgh were closed for election day but accepting them online. Couples must wait three days before getting married, unless a sympathetic judge grants a waiver.
Police: ‘Shield’ actor Jace called 911 and told operator that he shot his wife in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show “The Shield,” was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.
Detectives were investigating whether the couple’s financial problems or other marital difficulties played a role in the killing that police said occurred during an argument Monday night while the couple’s two sons, both under 10, were in the house.
Police were unsure if the children witnessed the argument or gunfire. They were placed with relatives.