Change of Heart: Judging by signals given yesterday by two California Supreme Court justices who had previously supported marriage for gay and lesbian couples, things aren't looking good for those who are trying to overturn the ban on gay marriage in the state, The Recorder reports via Law.com. The two justices gave all indications during oral arguments that despite their personal feelings on Proposition 8, it must be accepted as the will of the people.
Warning of Layoffs: With layoffs becoming all too common as the economic slump continues, some experts think it's time to update the federal law requiring warning of layoffs to include smaller jobs, The New York Times reports. Warning more people of coming layoffs would give them more time to find new jobs, seek career counseling, and begin retraining for a different industry, they say.
The Bigger They Are... The giants of American industry, once thought to be on unshakable financial foundations, are becoming increasingly susceptible to faltering, The Washington Post reports. Companies like General Electric, General Motors, and Citigroup are continuing to watch their stock slide, with Citigroup shares finishing at $1.02 per share yesterday after briefly slipping below the dollar-a-share level.
Gupta Out: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration to be President Barack Obama's surgeon general, CNN reports. The neurosurgeon says he would likely have had to give up his medical practice had he joined the administration as the nation's top doctor. Gupta's withdrawal marks yet another obstacle for Obama's effort to implement sweeping changes to the nation's health care system. Obama's first pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, had to withdraw after issues with his taxes came to light.