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Killer of Cecil the lion and Caitlyn Jenner are most offensive 2015 Halloween costumes

Written by Leanne Italie,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 August 2015 06:50

The Halloween wars focused on pop culture costum ses have heated up early this year. Petitions and social media outrage are already flying over a blood-spattered dentist’s smock paired with a Cecil-like lion head, along with a replica of Caitlyn Jenner’s cream-colored corset set she wore for her joyful coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Kentucky clerk loses in bid to continue discriminating against gay couples

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:46

A federal appeals court has denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay on the order requiring that she issue marriage licenses to couples in the Kentucky case Miller v. Davis.

On Aug. 12, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that plaintiffs in this case must be able to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Ambassador to Vatican looks to pope's U.S. visit

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:14

The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great'' — especially its long history of welcoming foreigners — when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to address Congress.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Ambassador Kenneth Hackett said he expected migration, income inequality, family problems and the environment to be raised by Francis during his Sept. 22-27 visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

Scott Walker wants Obama to cancel visit by China's president

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:06

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker wants President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit next month by the president of China.

The Wisconsin governor said in a statement on Aug. 24 that the planned visit of Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) should be canceled in light of the U.S. stock market's tumble, which Walker maintains was driven by China's manipulation of their economy.

Consumers eager to pay 30 percent more for 'fair trade' products

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 August 2015 10:04

Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets.

In an experiment conducted at the University of Bonn, participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared to their conventionally produced counterparts.

42 airlines affirm bans on wildlife trophy shipments

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:36

The Humane Society of the United States reports that 42 airlines have announced or reaffirmed bans on wildlife trophy shipments on their carriers since the killing of Cecil the lion earlier this summer.

American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue, United and Virgin have banned shipments of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo trophies, according to the nonprofit advocacy group.

Tech Tips: Stuff you didn't know you could do on Facebook

Written by BARBARA ORTUTAY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:04

Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook?

Overlay colorful text on the photos you post?

Artist Banksy opens derelict Dismaland theme park

Written by SYLVIA HUI,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:14

The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called "Dismaland'' complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car.

Abuse video leads McDonald's and Tyson to cut ties with chicken farmer

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:51

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an an animal welfare group released a video taken with a hidden camera showing abusive practices at the farm.

The video was released by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group that says it has released more than 40 similar videos in the past.

Food safety advocates sue Agriculture Dept. for withholding records

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:50

Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the Freedom of Information Act. The group alleges that APHIS violated FOIA by routinely failing to respond to requests for records related to genetically engineered crops, unlawfully delaying its responses and withholding public disclosure of information.

Soda pop industry pumps $100 million into defeating public health initiatives

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:41

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association have spent at least $106 million to defeat public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels since 2009, according to an analysis conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The watchdog group says the actual amount spent by the soda industry is much greater, since campaign finance and lobby expenses are not available in 10 out of the 23 jurisdictions that have considered policies aimed at reducing sugar drink consumption.

Talking about New Orleans a decade after Hurricane Katrina, people here often reach for the biblical, describing an economic and cultural resurrection.

Helped by billions in recovery money, buoyed by volunteers and driven by the grit of its own citizens, the city is enjoying a resurgence. Reforms from schools to policing to community engagement and water management are in progress, buttressing people against the next monster storm.