Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Memorial service for Maya Angelou

Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are joining Michelle Obama at a memorial service today for poet, author and St. Louis native Maya Angelou.

Wake Forest University spokeswoman Katie Neal said Friday that Clinton will attend the event honoring Angelou on the North Carolina campus where she taught for more than 30 years. Oprah Winfrey Network spokeswoman Chelsea Hettrick said the TV talk show host and producer also will attend today's memorial.

The White House said Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks.

Angelou died last week at her Winston-Salem home at age 86. She was known worldwide as a literary pioneer and civil rights champion.

Today's service is closed to the public. Wake Forest says it will stream the memorial event online at go.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial beginning at 8:55 a.m. St. Louis time.

Man shoots deputy outside Georgia courthouse * A man with an assault rifle, explosives and supplies to take hostages opened fire outside a Georgia courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before he was killed in a shootout with officers, authorities said.

Dennis Marx had been due in court Friday morning to plead guilty in a drug case. He arrived at the courthouse wearing body armor in a rented SUV with homemade and commercially made explosives, two handguns, zip ties, water and other gear. He dropped homemade spike strips and used smoke devices in an effort to keep officers from reaching him, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said.

Gay marriage rulings * Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.

Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee started marrying same-sex couples shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a little over an hour after the judge released her ruling.

Clerks in Milwaukee and Madison began issuing marriage licenses even though Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the ruling did not clear the way for weddings to begin. …

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