New Jersey

Same-sex marriages to begin in state Monday

Same-sex marriages can begin within days in New Jersey after the state's highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold an order that they must start Monday and to deny a delay that had been sought by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

The ruling puts New Jersey on the cusp of becoming the 14th state -- and the third most populous among them -- to allow same-sex marriage. As of Monday, one-third of Americans will live in a place where gay marriage is legal.

"The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today," the court said.

A spokesman for Christie said that he will comply with the ruling, though he doesn't like it.

Washington, D.C.

White House to offer limited public tours

Public tours of the White House, canceled earlier this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis, officials said Friday in a welcome announcement for the many who found themselves locked out of "the people's house."

The self-guided tours of the ground floor, first floor and East Wing of the White House are to resume Nov. 5 and continue through Jan. 15. Tours will be allowed an average of three days a week, down from five, said the Secret Service, which is responsible for White House security.


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The White House scrapped the tours after mandatory budget cuts took effect in March. The cuts, known as sequestration, affected many government departments and agencies, including the Secret Service, which then told the White House its options included cutting the tours or furloughing officers as a result.

Ohio

Six killed when police car on call hits vehicle

A police cruiser responding to a robbery report, lights flashing and siren blaring, struck a car at an intersection just northwest of Ohio's capital, early Friday, killing six members of a family and injuring an officer, officials said.

Police said dash-camera video from the cruiser shows the victims' Toyota Corolla had a red light when it reached the intersection and came to a stop just before the crash.

The officer from the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington was responding to a reported armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant when the crash occurred at 1:30 a.m. at a large intersection with traffic lights, investigators said.

A Columbus man was driving the other car, with his wife in the front passenger seat and four daughters, including a toddler, in the back seat, said Chief Robert Oppenheimer of Perry Township police. None was wearing a seat belt, and the youngest daughter was not in a child restraint, he said.

In other news

  • Kristopher Oswald said he did the right thing when he interrupted the assault of a woman in a Michigan Wal-Mart parking lot, even though it violated the retailer's policies for employees. And after firing Oswald, Wal-Mart has decided to give him his job back. The company left messages for Oswald, but as of late Friday had not received a reply.

  • More than a dozen fifth graders were injured when a 24-foot inflatable slide collapsed Friday at their LaGrange, Ga., school, authorities said.

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