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4 passengers stabbed aboard Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Michigan

Written by The Associate Press Saturday, 06 December 2014 07:18

Photo of stabbing suspect captured by passenger and disseminated on Twitter.

Four people were stabbed on an Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan. 

Obama, after chokehold decision, calls for trust

Written by The AP Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:37

President Barack Obama. — PHOTO: Courtesy

President Barack Obama says a decision by a New York grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the alleged chokehold death of an unarmed black man underscores the need to strengthen the trust and accountability between communities and law enforcement.

Miami-Dade votes for transgender protections

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:16

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Dec. 2 to amend the existing human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression.

The vote was 8-3.

Financial tips for same-sex couples

Written by KEN SWEET,
AP Business Writer
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 06:56

Gay and lesbian individuals are less prepared financially for retirement than their straight counterparts, according to an exclusive analysis by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

LGBT adults are likely to have less in retirement savings and have less access to Social Security benefits from spouses. They are also more likely to need long-term care because fewer have children to care for them as they age. Varying state laws also make it difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples to plan for retirement.

Merry Marijuana: Pot sellers woo gift-buyers

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:49

That's not mistletoe.

Same-sex couples could marry in Florida as early as January

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:00

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 3 denied Florida's motion for stay of a U.S. District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Judge suspends Florida city's ban on feeding homeless

Written by The AP Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:54

A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city's law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue.

The ordinance is aimed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in Fort Lauderdale.

Gay couple sues Florida DMV for revoking drivers' licenses

Written by The AP Monday, 01 December 2014 14:09

A gay couple is suing the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles revoking drivers' licenses they said they received by showing their marriage license from New York. Their complaint is the latest challenge to Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.

Daniel DeSousa and Scott Wall married in New York last year and legally changed their last name to Wall-DeSousa through the federal Social Security Administration.

'Giving Tuesday' raises $46 million in 24 hours

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:42

The national fundraising drive known as "Giving Tuesday" is having a growing impact for nonprofit groups, with nearly $46 million raised for charity over a 24-hour period, according to initial numbers released on Dec. 3.

The Giving Tuesday effort is driven largely by social media and online giving campaigns. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation to kickstart the critical holiday giving season after Thanksgiving.

The U.S. Labor Department on Dec. 3 announced the final rule for the federal government incorporating the executive order signed earlier this year by President Barack Obama prohibiting workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors.

“Thanks to the strong leadership of the Obama administration and the tireless work of equality advocates, transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors are now guaranteed basic protections from discrimination in the workplace,” said David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign.

Coalition urges Senate to reject push to weaken country of origin labeling

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:24

A coalition of 207 farm, faith, environmental, labor, rural and consumer organizations this week urged the U.S. Senate to reject any effort to repeal, rescind or weaken country of origin labeling — COOL — in any federal spending legislation.

“Congress needs to stay the course on COOL and leave it alone, especially now that the Obama administration has appealed the current decision to the WTO,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “COOL has been embraced by consumers who want to know where their food comes from and by family farmers who are proud to provide that information.”

US evangelicals with gay children challenge church

Written by RACHEL ZOLL,
AP Religion Writer
Monday, 01 December 2014 08:42

Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians.

When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose.