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Romney defeats Obama – in N.J. cockroach race

Written by AP Monday, 20 August 2012 06:23

It remains to be seen what happens in November, but Romney has defeated Obama in a New Jersey race in August.

The contestants were not the president and his Republican challenger, but rather a couple of Madagascar hissing cockroaches standing in for the candidates.

Joe Biden: A regular and not-so-regular Joe

Written by Adam Geller,
AP writer
Monday, 20 August 2012 06:10

After Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, speculation was rampant about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate.

But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

Russians sue Madonna for being pro-gay

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 19 August 2012 14:32

Some Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.

Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to depict homosexuality in a positive way to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna’s concert on Aug. 9.

Florida's first openly gay rep to represent 'all'

Written by AP Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:58

The first openly gay candidate elected to the Florida Legislature said this week that he didn't run as a one-issue candidate and intends to represent all of his constituents regardless of sexual orientation.

David Richardson, a certified public accountant from Miami Beach, defeated three other Democrats in the Aug. 14 primary and is unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.

Underwear clad Beckham statues appear in NYC

Written by AP Monday, 20 August 2012 06:18

David Beckham, sporting designer underwear, is making appearances around New York City – in the form of 10-foot-tall metallic statues, that is.

The massive sculptures have gone up as part of a promotion for the soccer player’s new underwear line for H&M.

Lincoln gay rights vote isn’t on November ballot

Written by AP Monday, 20 August 2012 05:54

Lincoln, Neb., voters won’t be asked whether to enact a local gay rights ordinance in the November election.

City officials have not scheduled a vote on the so-called “fairness amendment” that bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

D.C. gunman might have targeted second anti-gay hate group

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 19 August 2012 09:02

The head of a second Christian conservative organization said authorities found a note containing her group’s contact information in the pocket of a man charged with opening fire at the Washington offices of the Family Research Council, wounding a security guard.

Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty said FBI agents visited her group’s Capitol Hill offices hours after the shooting as part of their investigation. The next day, she said, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force came by and confirmed that “our information was in his pocket,” including the location of the group’s offices.

Judge won't void Democratic primary won by anti-gay candidate

Written by AP Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:53

A federal judge this week refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.

District Judge Kevin Sharp cited among the reasons for his refusal that the plaintiff, Larry Crim, was lacking certain filings and that there were errors in others. For instance, the Tennessee Division of Elections was named as a defendant instead of an individual, which should have been the election coordinator.

Paul Ryan: Wisconsin roots, Washington clout

Written by David Crary,
AP writer
Monday, 20 August 2012 06:14

Since his youth, Paul Ryan has shown a knack for eliciting mixed feelings.

Classmates at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis., bestowed on him the dubious title of “Biggest Brown-Noser.” They also elected him class president and anointed him prom king.

Chicago mayor to address Democratic National Convention

Written by WiG Monday, 20 August 2012 05:43

The Democratic National Convention Committee has announced the following additional speakers for the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

• Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

An Oregon priest has apologized and said he was drunk when he was caught on the street in his underwear trying to chase down a 12-year-old boy he had just molested.

The Archdiocese of Portland has said it will pay for the priest’s criminal defense, even though it was the first in the nation to declare bankruptcy in 2004, just hours before two civil trials on sex abuse allegations were to begin.

A Seattle woman has filed a complaint with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against two groups seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage law.

A lawyer for Sandra Turner Fukumoto filed the complaint against Preserve Marriage Washington and the National Organization for Marriage on Aug. 15. She alleges both groups have not properly reported their finances. Frank Schubert, the national political director for NOM and campaign manager for Preserve Washington, says they are in full compliance with the law.