Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn't trained to use protective gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he's a living skeleton.
Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in a town where it's illegal to spray agrochemicals within 500 meters (550 yards) of homes, and yet soy is planted just 30 meters (33 yards) from her back door. Recently, her boys were showered in chemicals while swimming in their backyard pool.
Facebook announced on Oct. 22 it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its social media site following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there.
The controversy – which has drawn critical comment from British Prime Minister David Cameron – illustrates the difficulty of setting a universal standard across the social network used by 1 billion people. Facing sharp criticism, Facebook Inc. issued a statement clarifying that violent videos were only allowed if they were presented as news or held up as atrocities to be condemned.
John Arthur, who with his longtime partner helped lead a legal challenge to Ohio's ban on gay marriage, died today (Oct. 22) at the age of 48.
Arthur suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
A new poll, released as Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield for a fall session that begins Oct. 22, shows majority of likely Illinois voters support legalizing same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers could, in the session, take up the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which has the support of the governor and passed the state Senate on Valentine's Day. The measure did not pass in the House before the close of the regular session in May.
Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus – a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.
The case was reported earlier this year but some doctors were skeptical that the baby was really infected rather than testing positive because of exposure to virus in the mom's blood.
A Gallup survey released on Oct. 22 shows that for the first time of a clear majority of Americans – 58 percent – supports legalizing marijuana.
Gallup said the finding is a sharp contrast to the results of a survey conducted in 1969, when 12 percent of Americans supported legalizing marijuana.
Illinoisans are headed to Springfield today (Oct. 22) to march on the Capitol and rally for marriage equality.
Citizens are driving, taking Amtrak trains and boarding chartered buses this morning for the mid-day event that marks the start of the fall veto session.
UPDATED: Gov. Chris Christie has dropped the appeal. There apparently will be no further challenge to same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth. He hopes to be just as offbeat and entertaining in his new career.
The three-time U.S. figure skating champion retired from competition this week – he still plans to skate in shows – and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.
For Lisa and Cindy Bovee-Kemper, the morning trip to the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office on Oct. 22 was a symbolic one.
Despite North Carolina's ban on gay marriage, the women, who were married in New York two years ago, became the first same-sex couple to register their out-of-state marriage documents at the county's office in Asheville. While their registration apparently has no practical effect, they believed it was significant.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights and a law firm have filed a federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Tennessee.
The NCLR and the firm of Sherrard & Roe filed the complaint in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21 on behalf of four same-sex couples who want Tennessee to recognize their marriages.
Police in Montenegro fired tear gas to repel anti-gay extremists who threw rocks and firebombs at officers protecting a gay pride march on Oct. 21, officials said. About 60 people were injured.
The violence occurred when the attackers tried to push through hundreds of police to reach those taking part in the march in Podgorica, the capital of the staunchly conservative Balkan country. After the march, the gay rights demonstrators were evacuated to a safe location in police vehicles.