May 9, 2013, 11:48 am EDT
On July 1, same-sex couples in Delaware will be able to get married.
On Tuesday, Governor Jack Markell — just minutes after the bill passed the legislature — signed the bill into law, the Associated Press reports.
Markell was on hand for the vote and told cheering supporters, “I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer.” The Delaware Senate passed the bill 12-9 following passage in the House 23-18. Read
May 7, 2013, 12:17 pm EDT
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act that requires online retailers to collect state sales taxes.
The measure — which passed the Senate 69-27 — gives the individual states the authority to require online retailers to collect and pass along state sales taxes, Bloomberg reports.
Previously, online stores were only required to collect sales taxes in states where they had a physical location. Therefore, the majority of companies collected — and passed on to the states — only a small fraction of possible taxes. This has drawn protests for years from brick-and-mortar retailers who argue that it places them at a pricing disadvantage against their online rivals. Read
May 7, 2013, 11:43 am EDT
New Jersey Governor Christ Christie had weight-loss surgery last February.
Christie had the surgery — in which a band was placed around his stomach to restrict the amount he could eat — at the urging of his family, the Associated Press is reporting.
Christie has long been the butt of jokes about his weight. While he’s never disclosed how much he actually weighs, he’s always held that the subject was fair game for comedians. However, he did take exception when a former White House physician, Dr. Connie Mariano, commented that she worried about him dying in office. Read
May 1, 2013, 12:36 pm EDT
The price of getting Americans into space has gone up.
Russia has increased the amount of money it charges the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to ferry U.S. astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station by $8 million per person. That means each time the U.S. sends an astronaut to the space station in coming years it must pay the Russian Space Agency $70.6 million, the Associated Press notes.
The higher price is included in a contract signed by NASA covering transit to and from the space station in 2016 and 2017. Under the agreement’s terms, NASA will pay the Russians a total of $425 million for transportation via Russia’s Soyuz vehicle. Read