National Briefs: Police official quits over slur

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WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- The 82-year-old police official who publicly referred to President Barack Obama by a racial epithet and then would not apologize has resigned his post, town officials confirmed Monday.

Robert Copeland, the head of Wolfeboro's three-member police commission, turned in his resignation to the town manager and police chief Monday morning.

The firestorm erupted this month when Jane O'Toole, who moved to Wolfeboro about four months ago, overheard Mr. Copeland loudly describing Mr. Obama by using the slur while sitting in a town restaurant. Upon discovering that he was an elected official, Ms. O'Toole formally complained to the town manager and other members of the police commission.

Occupy activist sentenced

NEW YORK -- A woman whose assault case had become a cause celebre, first among Occupy Wall Street supporters and then expanding beyond the movement, was sentenced to three months in jail and five years' probation Monday.

The woman, Cecily McMillan, 25, a graduate student at the New School in the borough of Manhattan and a volunteer labor organizer, was convicted two weeks ago of assaulting a police officer at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan in 2012. A jury found her guilty of second-degree assault, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Gay-marriage ban lifted

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.

State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon's voter-approved ban and said they wouldn't appeal.

The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban.

Many county clerks in the state began carrying out same-sex marriages almost immediately after Monday's ruling, as jubilant couples rushed to tie the knot.

Wildfires blamed on climate

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown, blaming climate change for the increasing prevalence of wildfires in California, says "humanity is on a collision course with nature."

"The state's climate appears to be changing," Mr. Brown said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "The scientists tell us that definitely. So we've got to gear up here. And after all, in California for 10,000 years our population was about 300,000. Now it's 38 million. We have more structures, more activity, more sparks, more combustible activity and we've got to gear up for it, and as the climate changes, this is going to be a radically different future than was our historic past."

Mr. Brown's remarks came as firefighters battle fires in San Diego County, where the Democratic governor declared a state of emergency last week.

Fired editor addresses grads

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, made her first public appearance since her abrupt dismissal last week, speaking about resilience in a long-scheduled commencement address Monday at Wake Forest University.

In an 11-minute speech marked with applause and laughter, Ms. Abramson said her father had always emphasized that it was as important to handle setbacks as to embrace success.

-- Compiled from news services

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