Incoming 'Daily Show' host rejects backlash over graphic tweets about Jewish people, women

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:24

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, the same one that included past tweets others deemed offensive.

Equality coalition urges Indiana to fix 'license to discriminate' law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:17

A coalition of civil rights and LGBT groups is calling on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in  the state Legislature to "fix" the newly signed "license to discriminate" law set to take effect in July.

In a letter to state leaders, the national LGBT and civil rights groups urge passage of new  legislation "fixing" SB 101, which would allow discrimination against gay and transgender people. Passage of the legislation has spurred a boycott by travelers and business, prompted large demonstrations in the state and a massive protest on social media.

Tennessee attorneys: Sterilizations of women were part of plea deal talks

Written by SHEILA BURKE,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 30 March 2015 07:35

Nashville, Tennessee, prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

In the most recent case, first reported by The Tennessean, a woman with a 20-year history of mental illness had been charged with neglect after her 5-day-old baby mysteriously died. Her defense attorney says the prosecutor assigned to the case wouldn’t go forward with a plea deal to keep the woman out of prison unless she had the surgery.

California attorney general seeks to end 'sodomite suppression' ballot initiative

Written by Lisa Leff,
AP writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 12:22

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked a state court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in same-sex sexual activity be killed.

Harris issued a statement saying she was making the unusual request to stop the measure filed by a Southern California lawyer late last month. The initiative seeks to amend the California penal code to make sex with a person of the same gender an offense punishable by "bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.'' The distribution of gay "propaganda" would be punishable by a $1 million fine or banishment from the state.

Indiana governor wants to change 'license to discriminate' law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:40

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence now says he wants legislation stating that a newly signed law does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week.

Faced with a firestorm of protest in the state and outside the state, Pence on March 31 said he has been meeting with lawmakers to address concerns that the law, set to go into effect in July, would allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.

Wilco announced today it was canceling its Indianapolis performance over the state's 'right to discriminate' law.

In response to Indiana’s adoption of a “right-to-discriminate” law targeting gay and transgender people, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order today barring state spending on travel to that state.

Fire Island blaze ruins landmarks at historic gay resort

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 30 March 2015 06:49

An early morning blaze on Fire Island destroyed several structures, including two well-known landmarks in a historic gay resort, and required dozens of firefighters to respond by ferry from the mainland of Long Island, fire and police officials said over the weekend.

The fire, which was reported at about 1:30 a.m. on March 27, ruined an apartment complex known as Holly House, as well as the Grove Hotel, and left three firefighters with minor injuries, said Craig Williams, Cherry Grove assistant fire chief. A nightclub attached to the hotel called the Ice Palace avoided serious damage, Williams said.

U.S. bill would deal with bullying on college campuses

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 12:17

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., recently reintroduced legislation to address bullying and harassment, which affects one in five students at colleges and universities across the country.

The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 would require institutions of higher education to establish policies prohibiting harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. The bill also would establish a grant program to support campus anti-harassment activities.

Dunkin' Donuts sets goals for eggs from cage-free hens

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:12

Dunkin’ Donuts has set goals to eventually require all eggs to come from cage-free hens and also require that its pork suppliersnot use gestation crates.

The company said it mapped its international supply chain to best understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100 percent cage-free eggs globally and, based on the assessment, established immediate and longer-term goals.

The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a new level of lower wages for members who make auto parts ahead of contract talks with automakers that start in the summer.

There have been reports that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. may propose a new pay level that is lower than the two existing groups.

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges to leave his fortune to charities and non-profits

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:06

Apple CEO Tim Cook. -PHOTO: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook, 54, is joining a long list of magnates who plan on leaving their money to charities and non-profits when they die.

Utah lawmakers: Legalizing death by firing squad is pragmatic approach

Written by lisa neff Friday, 27 March 2015 12:15

Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available.

Their thinking: Develop a backup plan in case a nationwide lethal-drug shortage persists.