In the Nation
Most unusual convergenceCASPER, Wyo. - A meeting over the weekend between Casper NAACP president Jimmy Simmons and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., at a Casper hotel was a first, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday.
Simmons asked for the meeting after reports that KKK literature was being distributed in Gillette, about 130 miles north of Casper. Abarr said he knew nothing about the literature or any beatings.
After the meeting, Abarr applied for membership to the Casper NAACP. Abarr said nobody from the NAACP was asked to join the KKK: Members have to be white. - AP
Texas Guard: No gay benefitsAUSTIN, Texas - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their bans on gay marriage.
Officials in a dozen other states that also ban gay marriage - including Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan, and Georgia - said Tuesday that they would follow federal law and process all couples applying for benefits. - AP
Revisiting his sentence in rapeBILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana judge has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a former teacher who received just 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh said in Tuesday's order that a two-year mandatory minimum prison term for Stacey Rambold appeared to be required under state law.
Baugh has faced widespread condemnation from women's rights activists, elected officials, and others for saying Rambold's victim was "older than her chronological age." He later apologized.
Prosecutors had been considering an appeal, citing the two-year minimum requirement.
In a strange twist, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says Baugh may lack authority to impose such a sentence at this point: State law requires that an illegal sentence be handled through an appeal. - AP
A man was driving along a Honolulu freeway over the weekend when a surfboard crashed through the windshield just inches from his face, leaving him with only scratches on his face and arms. Witnesses told police the surfboard fell off an overpass and bounced off a school bus.