WASHINGTON: Benghazi report going to Hill
An independent investigation into the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is complete, and Congress will be briefed on its findings this week, the State Department said Monday. The classified report by the Accountability Review Board will be sent to Capitol Hill and the panel's two most senior members will testify in closed session Wednesday before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees. The board was created by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had been scheduled to appear before the committees this week, but canceled after sustaining a concussion while recovering from a stomach virus. Clinton was said to be recuperating at home on doctors' recommendations.
KANSAS: Man who killed 2 cops is slain
A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a grocery parking lot and was killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday. The man who shot Topeka police Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, in the head Sunday night was identified as David Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka. Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones said Tiscareno was seated behind the driver in a car stopped in the parking lot of a Topeka grocery. When police ordered the occupants out, Tiscareno fired, got back into the car and drove away. He was found holed up early Monday at a house a mile away. Tear gas rousted him from the home with a gun and officers opened fire.
MONTANA: Same-sex couples' bid denied
The State Supreme Court rejected an "overly broad" request Monday that gay couples be guaranteed the same benefits as married couples, but left the door open for advocates to modify their case and try again. The plaintiffs promised to do so, declaring they are "on the right side of history" and would inevitably win. The court wrote in Monday's 4-3 decision that a lower court was within its discretion when it dismissed the request. In that earlier decision, a Helena district court judge dismissed the six couples' case after state prosecutors argued that spousal benefits are limited by definition to married couples.