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Economic Forum study: Nordic nations lead the world on equality between the sexes

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:57

The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in nine years of measuring the global gender gap. And, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close the gender gap completely.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, launched in late October, shows that, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60 percent worldwide, having closed by 4 percent from 56 percent in 2006, when the World Economic Forum first started measuring it.

Federal court hearing on Kansas marriage ban set for today

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 31 October 2014 06:15

A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.

The hearing this afternoon (Oct. 31) before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU's request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

On the market: Haunted House real estate

Written by Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:52

The cold autumn wind cuts through the twisted branches of a long-dead tree as you walk down the dark street. The bare twigs scrape eerily on the windowpane as lightning flashes in the distance. Out of the corner of your eye, a shadow moves. You turn to look, but the shadow is gone. You’re left standing, staring through the front window of an old abandoned mansion, across the street.

Tales of grisly murders surround the old place and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as the facade of the creepy old manse stares back at you. To your surprise, you see a “For Sale” sign swinging in the wind, through bursts of lightning. Do the walls of the master bedroom bleed at midnight, like you’ve heard? Or is it really just a classic Victorian, remodeled with contemporary fixtures and appliances and priced to sell? Are those bumps in the night dead demons walking the halls or the bass from the newly installed full-house stereo system?

Feds to recognize same-sex marriages in 6 more states

Written by The AP Monday, 27 October 2014 06:56

The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced over the weekend.

Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Midterm Elections: On the ballot in 50 states

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 November 2014 11:04

A to W: A state-by-state look at what is topping the ticket in the Nov. 4 election:

ALABAMA — Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions has no opposition for a fourth term. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is favored for re-election to a second term. Republican Gary Palmer is poised to win the state’s one open House seat.

Is time running out on daylight saving time?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 03:47

Time to move on? The debate over springing forward, falling back.

Ask a group of students waiting in the dark for a school bus their opinion of daylight saving time, and some will say, “What’s that?” Others might shrug and reply, “Whatever.” “Meh.”

Nobel Peace Prize winners urge U.S. to fully disclose use of torture

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:04

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners this week sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling on the United States to provide full disclosure of the authorization, extent and use of torture and rendition in the years following 9/11.

The letter, signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta, said the president’s recent admission that the United States engaged in torture is a first step at reckoning but that a great deal more needs to be done, including releasing the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s long-awaited report on the CIA’s use of torture.

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Sarah Palin showed the world her “mama grizzly bear” side last week when she called out CNN anchor Carol Costello for ridiculing daughter Bristol Palin.

In Egypt, 8 convicted for same-sex wedding ceremony

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 November 2014 07:49

An Egyptian court over the weekend convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison.

The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September when a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was "shameful to God" and "offensive to public morals."

Zero to 32: Court rulings drive marriage equality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:55

Zero to 32 states in 10 years. That’s a rapid acceleration of marriage equality in just a decade. And the number could approach 50 before the new year arrives.

Massachusetts, in 2004, became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The number of equality states grew slowly at first, as polls continued to show only minority support among voters to legalize marriage for gays and ballot amendments to ban same-sex marriage continued to pass.

New Hampshire’s all-female delegation could be short-lived

Written by HOLLY RAMER,
AP writer
Monday, 27 October 2014 07:46

New Hampshire has a long history of electing women, but its tenure as the only state with an all-female delegation in Washington could come to an end after two short years.

Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster were elected to the U.S. House in 2012, joining Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Sen. Ayotte. At least two of those seats will continue to be held by women after Nov. 4: Ayotte isn’t up for re-election and for the first time two women are running against each other for a New Hampshire Congressional seat — Kuster and Republican Marilinda Garcia. But Shea-Porter and Shaheen face male Republican challengers, Frank Guinta and Scott Brown.

Amnesty report documents human rights concerns in Ferguson

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 October 2014 11:24

Amnesty International has released On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson, which documents the human rights concerns witnessed first-hand by observers while in Ferguson Aug. 14-22. The report also outlines a series of recommendations that need to be implemented with regard to the use of force by law enforcement officers and the policing of protests.

Amnesty released the report in advance of its Midwest conference, which is taking place in St. Louis this weekend.