A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, according to local authorities. The revelation comes amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

Federal court looks at N.C. voting law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:11

Demonstrators march through the streets of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 13, after the beginning of a federal voting rights trial challenging a 2013 state law.
—PHOTO: AP/Chuck Burton

“This is our Selma,” the president of the North Carolina NAACP said, rallying activists and denouncing Republican efforts to suppress the vote 50 years after the brutal, bloody marches for voting rights in the South.

Cecil, left, affectionately nuzzles a female of his pride.

Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

Texas county where Sandra Bland died has history of racial tension

Associated Press
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:23

In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition.

The 78-year-old is selling watermelons by the roadside just outside Hempstead, Texas, where the perfect combination of sandy soil and rainfall make this the watermelon capital of Texas. During the first half of the 20th century, the area was the nation’s largest shipper of the sweet red fruit.

The beloved Cecil the lion.

A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

Cecil leaves behind six cubs and millions of mourning fans.

Walter J. Palmer, currently the most despised person on the Internet, has a history of thwarting inconvenient laws to satisfy his cravings.

Equality Act to ban bias introduced in Congress

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

U.S. Rep. John Lewis looked back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and followed the movement’s arc — some would say the rainbow’s arc.

Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack

Written by By Megan Cassella,
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:55

Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on July 27 for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists.

Walter Palmer wanted by U.S. and Zimbabwe officials for slaughter of Cecil the lion

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:18

Walter Palmer, left, seen here with another African lion he killed.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to talk to Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who became a target of worldwide outrage after illegally killing Cecil, a beloved and protected lion, in Zimbabwe.

Minnesota offers region's highest minimum wage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:03

Minnesota this week vaults past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect on Aug. 1 for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014, when the state had one of the lowest minimum wages in the region. Next August, the wage will rise again to $9.50 and it will go up automatically with inflation in following years.

Federal court upholds ban on sales of puppy mill dogs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:41

A federal court has upheld a measure banning pet stores in Phoenix from selling puppies produced in inhumane, commercial, dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected a pet store’s federal constitutional challenge to the local ordinance.

House votes to punish 'Sanctuary Cities,' Obama threatens veto

Written by The AP Monday, 27 July 2015 08:58

The U.S. House has passed legislation against "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning themselves with Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant views and the White House threatened a veto.

"The Donald Trump wing of the Republican Party is clearly ascendant here today," Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said in heated floor debate ahead of the largely party-line vote of 241-179. "This bill is not about grabbing criminals; it's about grabbing headlines."