November 4, 2008 in Nation/World

Two more teens left in Nebraska

 

Two more teenagers have been abandoned at Nebraska hospitals under the state’s much-criticized safe haven law, bringing the number of mostly older children dropped off to 26 since July, authorities said.

The teens, both 16, were left at separate hospitals, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. One was a girl dropped Sunday afternoon at Midlands Hospital in Papillion and the other a boy abandoned at Children’s Hospital in Omaha late Sunday.

The Legislature plans to tackle the issue at a special session on Nov. 14.

ORANGE, Calif.

Headscarves allowed in jail

A Southern California county will allow jailed Muslim women to wear headscarves after settling a lawsuit with a woman who claims that deputies violated her religious freedom by making her remove her hijab.

The settlement agreement signed by the county last week and released Monday specifies that Muslim women must be provided a private area to remove their headscarves after arrest and must be provided with county-issued headscarves to cover themselves when they are in the presence of men.

HARTFORD, Conn.

Gay marriages to begin Nov. 12

Gay marriages in Connecticut can start Nov. 12.

Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert on Monday scheduled a hearing on that date to enter the final judgment in the case that allows same-sex marriages in the state.

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled last month that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a civil union law.

Massachusetts and California already allow gay marriages, but a question on Tuesday’s ballot in California seeks to ban them.

From wire reports


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