Today’s News: Supreme Court mulls Prop. 8 ruling; Villaraigosa touts Port of LA in South America

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Defining marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court could jump into the fray over the same-sex marriage this week. The justices will consider several cases, including one stemming from Prop. 8, which outlawed gay marriage in California. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Proposition 8 earlier this year – saying that the 2008 ballot measure was unconstitutional because it took away an existing right, that of same-sex couples to marry. San Jose Mercury News

Terror suspect. One of four Inland Empire men accused of plotting to join forces with the Taliban and al-Qaeda is due in federal court today for a bail hearing. 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali has been held without bail since he and two other young men were arrested earlier this month. The fourth suspect and alleged ringleader was detained in his native Afghanistan. Family members have told reporters that Gojali is not violent and that he fell under the influence of the other suspects. L.A. Daily News

Chopper blast. A pilot is dead after his helicopter exploded in flames at Corona Municipal Airport. The FAA says the choppers’ rotor blades hit a structure as the pilot was refueling, causing an explosion that sent shrapnel flying into a nearby hangar. Riverside Press-Enterprise

Port calls. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is traveling in South America with a delegation of city and business leaders to push for increased trade. The mayor is scheduled to be in Chile today and tomorrow and then move on to Brazil and Colombia. Villaraigosa says his mission is to market the upgraded Port of Los Angeles, with its expanded capacity and new, clean technology. KABC

Food flicks. Dinner and a movie will take on a new meaning next week in Marina del Rey. AMC is touting what it says will be Southern California’s first Dine-In Theatre. Starting December 3rd, moviegoers can chose from a menu with such offerings as Chesapeake crab cakes, brisket quesadillas and lobster pizza – with the food ordered from and delivered to their seat. There’s also wine, beer and a full cocktail bar. LA Weekly

Box office boost. Bella Swan, James Bond and Abe Lincoln combined to lift Hollywood to a record Thanksgiving at the box office. The “Twilight” saga “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was once again the top movie in the country, taking in an estimated $64 million during the five-day stretch. Box-office tracker says North American theaters grossed $290 million over the holiday, breaking the previous Thanksgiving record set three years ago. Hollywood Reporter