In Irvine, California, a 30 year old man identified as Joseph Hunter Parker kills two supermarket employees with a sword, before being shot to death himself by the police. His victims are identified as John G. Nutting, 60, and Judith Fleming, 55. The event occurred at an Albertson's supermarket.
The Boston Red Sox establish a new Major League Baseball record by scoring 10 runs before recording their first out of the game against the Florida Marlins in Boston. Marlins pitcher Kevin Olsen was injured by a line-drive hit and taken to a local hospital, where he was admitted in good condition. The Red Sox beat the Marlins, 25-8.
One day after its Lawrence v. Texas ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court remands the case of Matthew Limon to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Limon was sentenced to 17 years in prison for engaging in consensualoral sex with a 14-year-old boy when he was 18 years old. Kansaslaw treats homosexual acts differently from heterosexual ones; had he engaged in sex with a girl, he would have been sentenced to 13 to 15 months, possibly without serving any time at all. Lawrence v. Texas calls into question the constitutionality of laws that discriminate between homosexual and heterosexual acts. 
Under pressure from members of Congress and human rights activists, officials in the administration of United States President George W. Bush publicly pledge for the first time that the United States will not torture terrorism suspects. 
In Peekskill, New York, a 10 month old baby girl survives a seven story fall. Her father, Willie Williams, takes her to the hospital, where she was treated for bruises and cuts, but Mr. Williams is later arrested on charges of attempted murder. 
Human Rights Watch calls for a criminal investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's alleged role in the massacre of civilians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla.
Hundreds of US troops raid Iraqi homes in the town of Ramadi, fired up by the Ride of the Valkyries coming through loudspeakers, in a scene which Reuters reporter Alistair Lyon describes as "a bizarre musical reprise from Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now." Meanwhile a group identifying itself as the Iraqi National Front of Fedayeen announces to increase attacks on US troops if they refuse to leave the occupied country. 
The Angolan government announces a Boeing 727 has been stolen from Luanda's International Airport. The FAA asks all control towers in the United States to watch for any unscheduled aircraft as a consequence.
Same-sex marriage in Canada: The Canadian government announces that it will not appeal the Ontario appeals court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage. Instead, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien indicates that his government will introduce legislation to change the definition of marriage but protect the rights of churches to decide which marriages they will solemnize.
American and Canadian researchers publish a paper that uses gene linkage techniques to identify a mutation in the GRK3 gene as a possible cause of up to 10% of cases of bipolar disorder, one of the major mental illnesses.
A mass grave in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, dating back to the Stalinist purges in the 1930s, is discovered containing at least 575 victims. 90 percent of the dead were found with the remains of yellow and red garments and religious items usually worn by Buddhist monks. The number could top 1,000, investigators said.
Same-sex marriage in Canada: The Ontario Appeals Court rules that the law restricting marriage to heterosexual couples contravenes the equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court does not permit the province any grace time to bring its law in conformity with the ruling. This appears to mean that Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize same-sex marriages. Toronto announces that its city clerk will begin to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, and two same-sex couples who filed suit have their marriages retroactively recognized. 
The Polishreferendum on EU enlargement entrance finishes today; 78% of the voters voted to join the EU, with approximately 59% turnout.
The presence of the monkeypoxvirus in the United States is confirmed with 4 cases in Wisconsin, sparking the first discovery of the virus in the Western Hemisphere. Dozens of suspected cases have appeared across three Midwest states, where pet enthusiasts came into contact with infected domestic prairie dogs, which caught the disease from the Gambian giant rat.
NASA investigators cracked a reinforced carbon fiber wing by shooting it with a piece of insulation, providing more evidence that falling insulation may have caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. 
PresidentGeorge W. Bush meets with Arab leaders, and says that their summit is making progress on the US-backed "road-map" to Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Arab leaders announce their support for the "road map" and promise to work on cutting off funding to "terrorist groups".
Thousands of Iraqi soldiers threaten to begin suicide attacks against U.S troops as leaders of Iraq's tribes tell the Americans that they could face war if they don't leave.
Israel says it will dismantle only some of the more than 100 West Bank settlement outposts since violence began in that area 32 months ago.
In Zimbabwe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is first arrested, then released. This coincides with the start of a week of protests against the government, who have put Tsvangirai on trial for treason. He is due to appear in court later today.
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