NEWS OF THE DAY
From Across the Nation
1 Breast cancer: The state of New York expanded access to breast cancer screening on Monday by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law at a ceremony in Kings Park. He was joined by girlfriend Sandra Lee. The Food Network star’s successful treatment for breast cancer prompted Cuomo to introduce the legislation this year. Under the new law, hospitals are required to offer evening and weekend hours for mammograms. Insurance companies are prohibited from charging deductibles or copays for the procedure.
2 Corruption probe: The former second-in-command of the nation’s largest sheriff ’s department was sentenced Monday to five years in prison in a federal corruption investigation that also brought down his boss. Ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in April of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors say Tanaka helped orchestrate efforts to hide a jail inmate after deputies discovered he was an FBI informant. They say Tanaka played a key role in sending sergeants to intimidate an FBI agent in the case. Tanaka’s boss, former Sheriff Lee Baca, pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators. He faces up to six months in prison.
3 Gun control: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns. The justices rejected arguments that the law covers only intentional acts of abuse and not those committed in the heat of an argument. The case involved two men from Maine who said their guilty pleas for hitting their partners should not disqualify them from gun ownership. Gun rights groups argued that the men should not lose their constitutional right to bear arms because of misdemeanor abuse convictions.
4 Deadly floods: Two men who were presumed dead when a camper was swept away in rushing waters during flooding in West Virginia were found alive, officials said Monday, as more heavy rain fell on soaked parts of the state. The discovery lowers the death toll to 23. The men had left camping gear and a truck in the Monongahela National Forest in Greenbrier County, the hardesthit area, and caught a ride out with another party. They were mistakenly presumed dead. The downpours Monday could bring a half-inch of rain or more to areas already ravaged by flooding.
5 Stonewall monument: Local and federal officials joined the LGBT community at a dedication ceremony Monday of the Stonewall Inn as a national monument to gay rights. They gathered near the tavern in New York City where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly 50 years ago. President Obama created the monument last week. The Stonewall National Monument will cover a 7.7-acre swath of Greenwich Village, including the tavern and the adjacent Christopher Park.