Utah to fight same-sex marriage ruling...Hospital's ethical dilemma...Lender settles discrimination case

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 1:01 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is lashing out at the decision of a federal judge who ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Herbert charges that "an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. The state has filed a notice of appeal and will asking for an emergency stay. Meanwhile, couples have already obtained licenses from a county clerk's office in Salt Lake City.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada authorities are trying to determine whether a Northern California man's anger over complications he said he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a Nevada urologist's office. Reno police say Alan Oliver Frazier killed one doctor, wounded another and then committed suicide. Detectives are working to obtain Frazier's medical records. Two neighbors say Frazier complained of pain from what he said was a botched vasectomy.

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Police say they foiled a plan by two teenagers who wanted to shoot students and teachers at a southern Colorado high school. Trinidad police says the department's school resource officer got a tip yesterday that two boys, ages 15 and 16, planned to carry out the attack after winter break. Because of the warning, extra security was in place at three Trinidad schools today, and the teens were arrested. Police say one of the boys had been bullied and said he idolized the Columbine High School and Colorado theater shooters.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge has sided with a California family that refuses to allow a hospital to end life support for a 13-year-old girl who has been declared brain dead. Her month says Jahi McMath bled profusely after a tonsillectomy, went into cardiac arrest and was declared brain dead on Dec. 12 at Children's Hospital Oakland. The family's lawyer wants her kept on a ventilator until another opinion is obtained and medical records are obtained.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ally Financial is paying $98 million to resolve federal claims that minority borrowers were charged higher rates on its auto loans than whites with similar credit histories. It's the government's biggest auto-loan discrimination settlement to date. Ally is one of the largest indirect auto lenders in the U.S. It buys the loan contracts made by auto dealers, sets an interest rate for the loans and allows dealers to charge customers a higher rate, or dealer markup. It will also have to monitor dealers' rate-setting to prevent further discrimination.

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