Measles tied to church
A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 measles cases has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said Monday. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, located about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, Texas. Officials with area health departments said those affected by the outbreak range in age from 4 months to 44 years old. All of the school-aged children with measles were home-schooled, and the majority of those who were infected had not been vaccinated. In a recent sermon posted online, senior pastor Terri Pearsons encouraged those who haven’t been vaccinated to do so.
Gay marriage ruled legal
A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state’s most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples. State District Judge Alan Malott ruled New Mexico’s constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Bernalillo County clerk’s office in Albuquerque planned to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 8 a.m. today. The decision came after a judge in Santa Fe directed the county clerk there to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday. But Malott’s ruling was seen as more sweeping because he directly declared that gay marriage was legal.
Bail set in killing
A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning. Demetrius L. Glenn is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Spokane County District Court, and made an initial court appearance Monday. The charges carry a potential life sentence. District Judge Richard Leland, presiding over a packed courtroom, said the brutality of the attack and vulnerability of the victim make the high bail proper.
Compiled from wire reports.