Gregory Bourke and his husband, Michael DeLeon married in Canada in 2004. They are among several dozen men and women whose challenges to same-sex marriage restrictions in four states will be considered next week.
Thursday’s Victim’s Rights Ceremony memorialized victims of violent crimes as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Families brought photos of victims and wrote remembrance cards that were hung in a tree on Courthouse Park
Merced County employees will stop filming videos for a national organization following a Merced Sun-Star article that revealed the practice. Dozens of workers acted, sang and danced in videos for a national training organization. Also, a contract between two county agencies is under review for double dipping.
The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.
Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.