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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.

Shooting at Chicago Nordstrom leaves one dead

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 29 November 2014 08:54

Chicago police say a man shot his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in a Nordstrom in Chicago's River North neighborhood.

Learning about commitment from gay male couples

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:59

Milwaukee jazz pianist Tim Clausen is not in a same-sex marriage — nor does he have a long-term male partner.

But he has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the dynamics of such relationships, having conducted 103 interviews with gay men who are partnered or married. He turned the interviews into his first book, Love Together: Longtime Male Couples on Healthy Intimacy & Communication.

Federal judge strikes down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:13

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Nov. 25 struck down Mississippi’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. The ruling on the Mississippi amendment was made public just hours after a federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban.

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.

Adult smoking rate dips below 18 percent

Written by The AP Friday, 28 November 2014 07:01

A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time last year.

That's still about the same rate found in 2012, and translates to about 42 million smokers.

Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkeys

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:24

As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has pardoned a soybean-based roast, The Seattle Times reported this week.

Anger over Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

Written by Jesse Washington,
AP writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:06

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept the grand jurors' choice not to charge the cop with a crime in the death of Brown, who was unarmed?

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.

Next on 'net neutrality'…

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:57

President Barack Obama angered Republicans but delighted netroots activists when, in mid-November, he called on the Federal Communications Commission to treat broadband Internet service much as it would any other public utility.

Arkansas ban on gay marriage overturned in federal court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:21

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban on Nov. 25 but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The couples argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

Workers ready Black Friday strikes against Walmart

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:14

Our Walmart is preparing to stage strikes and other actions on Black Friday, which is on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

Hundreds of other groups have pledged to support the strikes at 1,600 of the retailer's locations in the United States. The actions are protests against the company's retaliation against workers who have led campaigns to better their employment conditions.