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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.