Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:42 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 10:42 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is suggesting the possibility that all U.S. forces may be withdrawn from Afghanistan after December 2014. The U.S. has 66,000 troops there, down from 100,000 as recently as 2010. The Pentagon expects that some troops may be needed to prevent al-Qaida from gaining power.
WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Joe Biden will meet Wednesday with gun violence victims and representatives of the video game and entertainment industries. Biden is leading a panel tasked with coming up with proposals to stem gun violence. On Thursday, he'll meet with representatives of the National Rifle Association.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband -- astronaut Mark Kelly -- have launched a political-action committee to promote "responsible" steps to stem gun violence. Giffords was shot in the head two years ago in Tucson by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 12 others.
NEW YORK (AP) A man accused of gunning down BET personality DJ Megatron in New York City in 2011 has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The Daily News reports that 22-year-old William Williams entered the plea on Tuesday. He had faced a murder trial. Prosecutors say he'll be sentenced to 21 years in prison. A second defendant is due in court next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) One of the nation's most prominent churches will soon begin performing same-sex weddings. Officials at the Washington National Cathedral tell The AP that it will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement the change. The 106-year-old church has hosted inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.