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Bruce Jenner's mom opens up about the celebrity's gender journey

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:45

With speculation flying, Bruce Jenner's mother opened up this week about the celebrity's gender journey.

Esther Jenner, 88, has been besieged by calls from the media in recent days, but the widow in Lewiston, Idaho, isn't interested in fueling gossip. Instead, in a wide-ranging, nearly hour-long phone interview, she praised the former Olympian son for courage, stopping short of some details that have been floated by unnamed sources online and in tabloids.

Illinois issues medical marijuana licenses

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 08:38

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses this week to dozens of medical marijuana businesses across the state after conducting an internal review that found flaws in the never-completed license award process under former Gov. Pat Quinn.

Letters to 18 winning cultivation centers and 52 retail shops were sent out, Rauner spokesman Lance Trover told The Associated Press. In eight districts, Rauner delayed the licenses for further review, leaving those jurisdictions awaiting word on which companies will be able to join what could be a $36 million industry in 2016.

Net neutrality: A look at the debate, the possibilities

Written by ANNE FLAHERTY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 06:07

Whose Internet is it anyway?

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

House Republicans move toward lawsuit against Obama's immigration orders

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 January 2015 11:46

House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration.

House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans this week in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a legal plan with the best chance of blocking Obama's moves, according to a person in the room.

Alabama chief justice urges state to go rogue, refuse same-sex marriages

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:31

Alabama's chief justice, who famously refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a state judicial building, has urged probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples even though a federal judge ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

Roy Moore sent a letter to Alabama probate judges this week saying they are not bound by the ruling because they were not defendants in the lawsuit and have not been directly ordered to issue the licenses. He said the federal court did not have the authority to allow same-sex marriages.

‘Still Alice’ highlighting often hidden toll of Alzheimer’s

Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD,
AP Medical Writer
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 04:48

Her performance as a vibrant woman fading into the darkness of Alzheimer’s is doing more than earning awards for actress Julianne Moore. The movie “Still Alice” is raising awareness of a disease too often suffered in isolation, even if the Hollywood face is younger than the typical real-life patient.

Some things to know about Alzheimer’s:

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

Written by SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP Science Writer
Monday, 02 February 2015 12:14

The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about.

Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s largest general science organization.

At 82, Joel Grey publicly comes out as gay

Written by The AP Friday, 30 January 2015 11:07

Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.

The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

FCC chief makes big push for net neutrality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:20

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Feb. 4 that he will base new net neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act and plans to seek approval for “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.”

Wheeler’s proposal, which the FCC is expected to vote on at its Feb. 26 meeting, will ban throttling, blocking and paid prioritization.

Appeals court denies stay of Alabama marriage equality order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:12

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama attorney general’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state on Feb. 9.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying.

Mike Huckabee compares being gay to using alcohol, profanity

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 02 February 2015 09:56

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Feb. 1 said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity - lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him.

The former Baptist pastor, who is weighing a second run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also claimed that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must serve "bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli." That dish would run afoul of kosher rules in the same way Huckabee sees asking Christians to accept same-sex marriages.

Science of love: Getting to the heart of the heart

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:21

Interview