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Prosecutor ruins case with 'diatribe' against medical marijuana

Written by The AP Monday, 24 November 2014 11:12

A prosecutor's inflammatory remarks about medical marijuana have cost her a conviction in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan appeals court says Paul Heminger apparently was growing more marijuana than allowed under law, but the verdict last year was spoiled by the closing argument of the Alger County, Michigan, prosecutor.

Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia to promote tolerance

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 November 2014 07:41

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Nov. 21 to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread.

The centerpiece of their five-day trip is a gay film festival in St. Petersburg at which the documentary film, "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" will be shown and discussed. The film's director, Michele Josue, a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's, will be accompanying the Shepards on the trip.

Judge overturns Montana's ban on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:55

The U.S. District Court of Montana ruled on Nov. 19 in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage rights.

"Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya as my wife," said Angie Rolando, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "Love won today."

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

Written by VANESSA GERA,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 07:08

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.

Ever since, the composer’s body has rested in peace at the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris — while his heart has endured a wild journey of intrigue and adulation.

Author apologizes again, calls his ‘watermelon’ remark racist

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:59

Daniel Handler apologized again for racial comments he made while hosting the National Book Awards and promised to back up his words with his wallet.

The best-selling author also known as “Lemony Snicket” tweeted late last week that his remarks on Nov. 19, centering on a joke about black author Jacqueline Woodson being allergic to watermelon, were “monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist.” Handler pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and added that for 24 hours he would match donations up to $100,000. Earlier, he tweeted that his humor “clearly failed.”

Gay couples exchange vows in Montana

Written by The AP Friday, 21 November 2014 07:36

As they stood linking arms and holding bouquets, Linda Gryczan and Constance Enzweiler of Helena married on Nov. 20 after waiting 31 years.

They were the first same-sex couple in the city to legally wed after a federal judge overturned Montana's ban on same-sex marriage the day before.

Gay couples to marry Thursday in South Carolina

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:45

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied the state of South Carolina’s motion to stay last week’s U.S. District Court ruling striking down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban, setting the stage for marriages to begin for same-sex couples at moon on Nov. 20.

South Carolina’s attorney general had filed a motion for an emergency stay to delay marriages following a ruling by the U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina striking down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban in accordance with the Fourth Circuit’s earlier decision striking down a similar ban in Virginia.

Senate narrowly votes down approval of Keystone XL pipeline

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:20

The U.S. Senate on Nov. 18 narrowly voted down a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the measure could come back with a new Congress — one with a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate.

Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 24 November 2014 08:46

A federal appeals court has upheld the path set by the Obama administration that allows religious nonprofit groups to avoid paying for contraception under the president's health care law.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by the groups, which claimed that the accommodation still imposes a substantial burden on their expression of religion.

Obama to announce 'comprehensive' action on immigration

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:40

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says President Barack Obama's executive immigration actions will be comprehensive and include border security measures.

Johnson says the administration came up with a variety of changes to the immigration system that he believes are not only legal but needed in light of inaction by Congress on immigration.

Star-studded TV show to help needy dogs find homes

Written by SUE MANNING,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:12

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.

“Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” will air on Nov. 27 and feature a slew of celebrities aiming to find thousands of needy dogs a home by Black Friday.

AT&T supports stricter standards for police cellphone tracking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:02

AT&T has filed a federal court brief arguing that courts must account for people’s Fourth Amendment rights before authorizing law enforcement to get phone location histories from their cell service companies.

The ACLU characterized this as "a landmark move in the battle over privacy rights and new technologies."