The weather forecast for this winter is mostly a shrug of the shoulders.
For most of the nation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicts equal chances for unusual warmth, cold, snow, rain and even average weather. That's because of an absence of certain global weather factors, like El Nino - a warming of the central Pacific that affects temperatures and rainfall worldwide.
The case against a suspect arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a transgender woman in Manhattan has been dismissed.
The Daily News says 20-year-old Paris Wilson left Manhattan criminal court earlier this week as prosecutors said they were not ready to move ahead in the case.
President Barack Obama honored 16 Americans today (Nov. 20) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian.
The ceremony at the White House opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy, who established the modern version of the medal.
The National Organization for Marriage, the nonprofit that for years has lead the campaign against marriage equality in the United States, is ending 2013 facing big political losses and a $2 million deficit.
The Human Rights Campaign reported on Nov. 19 that NOM's latest financial documents show the organization ending the year "in the red," with roughly a $2 million dollar deficit. Three donors accounted for two-thirds of NOM's funding. HRC, the nation's largest gay civil rights group, said in a news release that this is "further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda."
Vice President Joe Biden has visited a tent on the National Mall to show his support for immigration activists on the 11th day of a hunger strike.
In video released by the Service Employees International Union, Biden tells activists, quote, "We are going to win this."
A judge in Senegal says there is insufficient evidence to convict four women accused of violating the country’s law banning homosexual acts.
Adama Traore announced the verdict and freed the women on Nov. 20.
President Barack Obama is connecting the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to gay rights, women's rights and modern technological transformations.
On the 150 anniversary of Lincoln's speech, Obama said Lincoln understood that individual efforts aren't what matter, but rather the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women to preserve freedom.
Police in Sarasota, Fla., reported early today (Nov. 19) that the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide in the couple's home.
Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Harris' husband, Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide.
President Barack Obama on Nov. 21 signed the HOPE Act into law.
The president, in a statement issued after he signed the bill, said, "Earlier today, I signed into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another. For decades, these organ transplants have been illegal. It was even illegal to study whether they could be safe and effective. But as our understanding of HIV and effective treatments have grown, that policy has become outdated. The potential for successful organ transplants between people living with HIV has become more of a possibility. The HOPE Act lifts the research ban, and, in time, it could lead to live-saving organ donations for people living with HIV while ensuring the safety of the organ transplant process and strengthening the national supply of organs for all who need them."
Secretary of State John Kerry today (Nov. 20) observed the international Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The following is Kerry's statement:
Research from the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles shows majorities in every U.S. congressional district support banning workplace bias based on sexual orientation.
The research was released on Nov. 19, as efforts continue to nudge U.S. representatives to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The measure, which would ban workplace bias based on gender identity and sexual orientation, passed the Senate earlier this fall.
A United Methodist pastor was convicted on Nov. 18 of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination's policy on gay marriage.
The Methodist church put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.