texasCourt OKs gay divorceThe Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple yesterday, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place. The court ruled in a 5-3 decision that the state lacked standing to intervene in the divorce of Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, who were married in Massachusetts in 2004. Declining to overturn the 2010 divorce has no impact on Texas' ban on gay marriage.
MinnesotaReport: Bishop interfered
The former archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, interfered with an investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of his misconduct, Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday. Several of Nienstedt's top advisers gathered in April 2014 and read statements gathered by lawyers that accused Nienstedt of inappropriate behavior, including sexual advances toward priests. Each adviser agreed he should resign. Auxiliary Bishops Lee Piche and Andrew Cozzens traveled to Washington to tell the papal ambassador; soon after they returned home, the investigation as originally conceived ended.
California3 shot near Warriors parade
Three people shot five blocks from the NBA championship celebration for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland are in stable condition. Police say they received a call after noon yesterday and found three male victims with gunshot wounds. The victims' identities were not released and a motive wasn't clear.
'Hero Dog' is a cat
For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat. In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner at his family's Bakersfield home. Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, when the dog got out of his yard, ran for Jeremy Triantafilo, grabbed his leg and started shaking from side-to-side. Tara chased the dog toward its home. The dog was later euthanized.