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British fashion designer Stella McCartney says she'll stop using wool from an Argentine supplier amid concerns about the treatment of sheep.

McCartney, whose brand doesn't use leather, fur or animal skin, says in an Instagram post that she will no longer use wool from Ovis 21 after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video showing the alleged mistreatment of sheep.

Safety concerns raised over ride-sharing services

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 17:46

One of the early lessons children learn is to never get into a stranger’s car. They carry that lesson into adulthood, with an exception for hailing a taxi.

But what about lining up a ride via Uber, Lyft or another ride-sharing service? Safety advocates say they have serious concerns about the security of passengers in Uber vehicles, especially female passengers.

Pope and Congress: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers

Written by ANDREW TAYLOR,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:44

A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress next month — and bracing for them, too.

There is genuine giddiness among Catholic Democrats — many of whom have long been uncomfortably at odds with their church over abortion rights — about the pope’s strong emphasis on addressing poverty and the environment.

Immigrant mothers allege mistreatment in US detention centers

Written by The AP Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:01

Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained , according to court papers filed this week.

Andrew Free, a Nashville immigration lawyer representing the women, filed tort claims against the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the detained women and their children received inadequate medical care, suffered psychological trauma and in some cases were wrongfully imprisoned.

Minor leaguer with Brewers franchise comes out as gay, makes baseball history

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 17 August 2015 04:15

It had been a long day and night for David Denson, in so many ways.

His team had been swept in a doubleheader in the low-level Pioneer League, he didn't have much luck hitting and he'd made a throwing error, too.

Cecil’s death spotlights damage of trophy hunting

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:18

Protestors leave signs and stuffed animals in front of Dr. Walter Palmer’s dental practice on July 29 in a makeshift shrine for Cecil the lion.
—Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP

Large animals have always held humans in thrall. Cave drawings, among the earliest examples of human art, commonly feature figures of bison, horses, aurochs (an extinct wild ox) and giant deer. Nature TV programs and zoos are more popular than ever, and the biggest and rarest animals are always the star attractions.

A century after lynching of Leo Frank, Marietta still wrestles over history

Written by By ADAM GELLER. AP National Writer Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:27

Down past the Big Chicken, the 56-foot-high, steel-beaked beacon of extra crispy that may be this town’s most prized landmark, and just across from Fast Eddie Auto Sales, the wedge of dirt hard by Interstate 75 is notable only for its lack of notability. And when Rabbi Steven Lebow pulls up there, he leaves the engine running and door open.

Nearly ever since the South Florida native found a pulpit in this fast-changing county just north of Atlanta three decades ago, this spot — or, more specifically, the tale of murder and vengeance that has stained its ground and local history for 100 years — has weighed on him.

Trump still leads in Iowa poll, Walker's numbers fall

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 10 August 2015 12:13

An Iowa poll released on Aug. 10 finds Donald Trump leading the Republican field in Iowa even after a weekend of controversy.

Trump is at 19 percent to 12 percent for Ben Carson and Scott Walker, 11 percent for Jeb Bush, 10 percent for Carly Fiorina, 9 percent for Ted Cruz, and 6 percent for Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio.

Louisiana and Alabama may be violating federal law by ending state Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, federal health officials warned the states this week after both announced they were cutting off the payments.

Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said that the federal Medicaid agency notified the states of the possible violation.

Fair time for 2016 candidates campaigning in Iowa

Written by The AP Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:28

Sampling the pork chop on a stick. Snapping a selfie with the butter cow. Taking questions about foreign policy from hecklers.

For those who would be president, a visit to the Iowa State Fair may be the purest distillation of the campaign experience in the state that starts the voting in the race for the White House.

Poll shows Sanders leading Clinton in New Hampshire

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:11

A new poll shows Bernie Sanders surging in New Hampshire and taking the lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The poll by Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald was released late on Aug. 11.

Law banning secret filming of animal abuse ruled unconstitutional

Written by Kimberlee Kruesi,
AP writer
Saturday, 08 August 2015 08:35

A worker at Bettencourt Dairy beating a cow that’s too weak to walk with a lead pipe. The picture comes from a video taped by an undercover animal rights activist.

A federal judge ruled that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws — known as “ag gag” laws — in other states.