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NY assesses Fire Island post-Sandy

Written by AP Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:01

New Yorkers who cherish Fire Island as an idyllic summertime getaway feared the worst when the 32-mile-long barrier island took a direct hit from Superstorm Sandy's powerful surge. The wall of water swamped nearly the entire island, destroyed or washed away about 200 homes and scraped sand dunes down to nothing.

Still, residents are counting their blessings.

UN official to US: Challenge votes for marijuana

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 20:18

The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Raymond Yans says the approvals send "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad."

San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 09:47

San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

Casting aside complaints that forcing people to cover up would undermine San Francisco’s reputation as a city without inhibitions, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.

San Francisco bans public nudity, except for special occasions

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:10

San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

Casting aside complaints that forcing people to cover up would undermine San Francisco’s reputation as a city without inhibitions, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Nov. 20 for an ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.

Congressman: Opposition to abortion rights came after wife's abortions

Written by AP Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:49

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has told a newspaper that his views about abortion have evolved after previously supporting his ex-wife's decisions to abort pregnancies during their marriage.

The Republican physician from Jasper who now opposes abortion also says he has no plans to resign over revelations about past relationships with patients.

Christian right attorney arrested for child exploitation

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 23 November 2012 19:58

Federal agents in New Hampshire have charged a Manchester lawyer with seven counts of child exploitation, including transporting a child for illegal sexual conduct.

A federal magistrate has ordered 43-year-old Lisa Biron held without bail until her trial, which is schedule to start Jan. 8.

Storm-ravaged gay youth center in New York gets surge of support

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 23 November 2012 07:27

It took only hours for Superstorm Sandy’s surging waters to destroy an emergency drop-in center for homeless gay youths in Manhattan. Four feet of water swamped the hallways and rooms, buckling the linoleum floors and caking the electrical outlets with sea salt.

But almost as quickly, a social media outpouring helped raise money for a new, bigger Ali Forney Center to keep helping dozens of young people a day with medical care, counseling and a safe place to sleep.

The pro-gay Ukrainian group Femen was attacked by violently homophobic Catholics marching on the streets of Paris.

Some dressed as nuns and some appearing topless, Femen members taunted the Catholic group Civitas, which organized the march last weekend that drew an estimated 9,000 people carrying anti-gay banners.

Judge dismisses transgender student's suit

Written by AP Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:44

A Maine judge has ruled in favor of the Orono school district and against the parents of a transgender child who was barred from using the girls' bathroom at school.

The district was sued in 2009 after a fifth-grader who identifies as a girl was denied access to the girls' bathroom at the elementary school. The family also claimed the school failed to stop other students from harassing the transgender student.

Hobby Lobby appeals morning-after pill decision

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 19:41

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to block part of the federal health care law that requires the Christian family-owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.

The Oklahoma City-based company asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block enforcement of the law, which will require Hobby Lobby and a sister company, Mardel, Inc., to cover the morning-after pill and week-after pill as part of employee health insurance plans beginning Jan. 1.

Russian court dismisses lawsuit against Madonna for promoting gay tolerance

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:38

A Russian court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatizing minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg.

The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna’s so-called “propaganda of perversion” would negatively affect Russia’s birthrate and erode the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.

Turkey, pie and politics? T-Day family friction

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP writer
Thursday, 22 November 2012 04:11

Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness.

On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year.