Odom tragedy lays bare Nevada’s brothel industry

Written by Kimberly Pierceall,
AP writer
Friday, 16 October 2015 20:34

When former NBA player and reality-TV star Lamar Odom was found unconscious in Nevada, the hardest part of the story for some people to wrap their heads around was this: He was in a brothel. A legal brothel.

Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.


Operation Rescue's Troy Newman

The head of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue is boasting that his organization and the Center for Medical Progress are “taking down” Planned Parenthood on a $120,000 budget. But his extremism is not highly regarded in Australia, which detained and deported him when he showed up there to make a series of inflammatory anti-choice speeches.

Oregon marijuana shops begin sales to recreational users

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:47

Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana on Oct. 1 for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.

Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight— just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21.

Artist rendering U.S.-Mexico border fence ‘invisible’

Associated Press
Thursday, 15 October 2015 07:44

Armed with sky-blue paint, artist Ana Teresa Fernandez began to “erase” the border fence that splits up Mexico and the U.S. near Nogales, Mexico.

Fernandez, who was born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, is leading an effort to paint the border fence in Nogales, Sonora, so blue that it blends with the sky, rendering it nearly invisible. Nogales sits on the border with Nogales, Arizona.

Condo owners in Panama fell for the Trump brand and suffered the consequences that often follow

Written by Jeff Horwitz,
AP writer
Monday, 12 October 2015 08:16

Trump Ocean Tower, center. —PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

The directors of the Trump Ocean Club met July 28 on urgent business. They needed to fire Donald Trump.

Sanders, Pocan introduce Workplace Democracy Act to make it easier for workers to join unions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:30

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, on Oct. 7 introduced legislation that would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

Artist shot, killed while painting anti-violence mural

Written by lisa neff Friday, 02 October 2015 06:38

An artist was shot and killed in Oakland, California, while he was helping to paint a street-side mural for a group that works to spread peace and stop violence, authorities said.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said earlier this week that officers were searching for the shooter as friends mourned Antonio Ramos, 27, during a vigil at the mural site.

Hundreds rally against Confederate sign on Mississippi flag

Written by Emily Wagster Pettus,
AP writer
Monday, 12 October 2015 17:52

Civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, Mississippi-born rapper David Banner and a prominent South Carolina lawmaker are calling on Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag.

No charges against farm workers shown abusing hogs

Written by The AP Monday, 12 October 2015 07:31

A prosecutor said that he has decided against charging any employees of a Minnesota hog farm who were recorded on a graphic undercover video treating animals in a way that their own employer called "disturbing."

Los Angeles-based Last Chance for Animals released video in August that it shot at a Christensen Farms breeding facility in the southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne. At the time, the company, one of the country's largest pork producers, said it had suspended seven employees and launched a full internal investigation. CEO Glenn Stolt said in a statement that it was "unacceptable that this behavior was allowed to continue, and was not brought to our attention immediately."

The last gun store in San Francisco is closing doors for good

Written by PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:53

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city’s political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.

“It’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop,” High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo announced in a Facebook post on Sept. 11. “It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop.”

Titanic’s last lunch menu sells for $88,000

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:00

The Titanic’s last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 this week.

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1.