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The sister of alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof turned to the Internet for donations after her brother ruined her “dream” wedding.

ONE UNION: Marriage for all in 50 states

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:04

People celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling during the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 28.
— PHOTO: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

“No union is more profound than marriage,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

Dump Trump: Macy's flushes partnership with Donald Trump

Written by From Reuters Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:40

Department store Macy's Inc.  said on July 1 that it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, becoming the latest company to sever ties with the real estate developer and TV personality after his comments insulting Latinos.

Macy's said it would phase-out Trump's menswear collection, which includes shirts, ties, cufflinks and suits and have been sold by the department store since 2004.

Hemingway's home in Cuba to get $900,000 in U.S. improvements

Written by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 05:47

A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s books, letters and photos — the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo on the island.

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More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament yesterday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

UPDATED: Walker weakens gun laws in Wisconsin;
Congress still unlikely to act on gun control

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 20:28

The slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they’ve been for years — remote.

And, as if to illustrate that, Gov. Scott Walker signed GOP legislation weakening the state’s gun laws on June 24.

President outlines rule changes, says more workers deserve overtime pay

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:21

President Barack Obama on June 30 said the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers.

The White House, in a fact sheet released on June 30, said the proposal would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year.

NBC fires Donald Trump over his racist rant

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 June 2015 17:41

NBC officials announced they’re ending a long business relationship with realtor and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of hateful comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his kick-off speech.

Not your mascot
Student-led push leads Madison to ban Native American sports team imagery

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:25

Students returning to class for the 2015-16 term in Madison K-12 schools won’t be sporting Chicago Blackhawks jerseys or Atlanta Braves T-shirts. And not because they lack interest in the fastest game on Earth or they rally behind the Brewers, though that’s likely.

UPDATED: Court upholds tax credits in Obamacare

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:33

The Supreme Court on June 25 rejected a conservative effort to sever a major lifeline in the Affordable Care Act — the tax subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care insurance on the federal exchange.

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” President Barack Obama said in a White House news conference after learning of the court’s 6-3 decision.

Oklahoma court: Remove Ten Commandments monument at Capitol

Written by The AP Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:13

A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on June 30.

Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are "obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths."

Liberal justices condemn death penalty in lethal-injection case

Written by Joan Biskupic,
For Reuters
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:44

Rancor over America's use of capital punishment erupted at the U.S Supreme Court on June 29, the final day of its annual session, as four justices read dueling opinions aloud and two suggested the outright abolition of the death penalty.

Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking for himself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said the safeguards that accompanied the 1976 high-court reinstatement of the death penalty have failed. Breyer said more than 100 death row convicts had been exonerated in recent decades and some innocent people had been wrongly put to death.