A Little Falls, Minn., man accused of killing two unarmed teens after they broke into his home last November has been indicted on first-degree murder charges, prosecutors announced Thursday. Byron Smith, 64, told police he fired "more shots than I needed to" after the break-in by Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17. He also said that he fired "a good clean finishing shot" into Kifer as she lay gasping for air. Brady was involved in at least two prior break-ins at Smith's property, according to court documents.
Rush Limbaugh said on Thursday that he is ashamed of the United States for the first time in his life.
A newspaper in rural Mississippi is defending its decision to run a cover story on what it called the first same-sex marriage in the county. Jessica Powell married Crystal Craven, who has been battling brain cancer, by exchanging vows even though their union is not legally recognized in the state. The Laurel Leader-Call put a photo and story of the couple on its front page. "We were well aware that the majority of people in Jones County are not in favor of gay marriage," newspaper owner Jim Cegielski wrote in an editorial. "However, any decent newspaper with a backbone can not base decisions on whether to cover a story based on whether the story will make people angry. The job of a community newspaper is not pretending something didn't take place or ignoring it because it will upset people. No, our job is to inform readers what is going on in our town and let them make their own judgments."