News on the go: Nov. 5, 2013

Carrie Blazina

The Senate prepared to vote on a gay-rights bill Monday, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and could pass it by the end of the week. The legislation would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people if it passes the Republican-controlled House as well, which is not as probable as its passage through the Senate. The act initially was voted on in 1996, but its passage failed by one vote in the Senate. Read full story.

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi began Monday as Morsi insisted he was still Egypt’s leader and those who overthrew him should be on trial instead. Shouting in the courtroom interrupted the trial twice, and it then adjourned until Jan. 8 so lawyers can review the case against Morsi. In an additional attempt at discounting the trial’s credibility, Morsi refused to wear a prison jumpsuit as the judge had ordered and wore a dark blue suit and light shirt instead.

A 23-year-old man Monday was convicted in the 2007 shooting death of Sean Taylor, a former Washington Redskins safety. Eric Rivera Jr. admitted days after Taylor’s death that he and a group of young men broke into Taylor’s home to rob him, and Rivera said he fired the fatal shot when Taylor confronted them. After deliberating for 16 hours and debating whether the confession was real because Rivera contradicted himself in his testimony, the jury convicted Rivera of second-degree murder; he faces a possible life sentence. Read full story.

Officials on Monday are still trying to piece together why the man accused of killing a Transportation Security Administration officer on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport hated the TSA so much, as he wrote in a note found in the bag he was carrying. Officials said the note also said he was a “pissed-off patriot” and thought the TSA was violating his constitutional rights. Paul Ciancia, the man accused of the shooting, remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot four times by police, and FBI officials said he would have to have his doctors’ clearance to make any court appearances.

Information is from the Associated Press.

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