PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island highway mural created by a renowned children's author and illustrator as part of a program to reduce vandalism has been defaced by graffiti.
The mural along Interstate 95 in Providence was designed by David Macaulay and was completed in June. It's one of two highway murals designed by Macaulay, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design.
Red graffiti covers the length of the mural.
State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rose Amoros says crews will work through Wednesday to clean it. She says once they remove the paint they'll restore the mural. She calls the vandalism disheartening.
Macaulay has won awards including the Caldecott Medal for children's books. Among his best-known books is "The Way Things Work," an amusing look at the inner workings of everything from cars to computers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has refused to stop gay marriages in the state.
In a brief ruling Wednesday, the high court tossed out a legal challenge by supporters of Proposition 8, the ballot measure passed by voters that banned same-sex marriages in California.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June left in place a trial judge's order striking down the ballot measure as unconstitutional. On June 28, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Prop 8 supporters had asked the state Supreme Court to stop the weddings, arguing that the federal court action applied narrowly and only to the two couples who filed the federal lawsuit challenging the ban.
With little comment, a unanimous state Supreme Court allowed gay marriages to continue.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to one year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received.
Sandra Jackson admitted in a guilty plea earlier this year that from mid-2006 through mid-October of last year, she failed to report $600,000 in income that she and her husband earned from 2005 to 2011.
Mrs. Jackson was a Chicago alderman before she resigned during a federal investigation of the couple.
She was sentenced Wednesday along with her husband. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to engaging in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.