The 2013 class of birds that will follow ultralight aircraft to Florida has arrived in Wisconsin from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md.
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership announced on July 16 that Windway Capital provided the aircraft and the pilots to ferry the young cranes from Maryland to Wisconsin. This transfer was the 30th such flight that Windway has made with endangered whooping cranes on board their aircraft.
A coalition of LGBT civil rights groups on July 15 signed an open letter calling for justice for Trayvon Martin, the black teenager fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., last February by George Zimmerman.
A jury of six has found Zimmerman, who says he acted in self-defense after following Martin with a gun, not guilty of second-degree murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Dr. Howard Novick winces as he recalls treating two and three women a week for infections and complications from botched abortions. It was the early 1970s, before the procedure was legalized, and the experience persuaded him to devote his life to this area of medicine.
Now, more than 40 years later, new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature could force Novick to close the Houston abortion clinic he opened in 1980 because, he says, he does not have $1 million to $1.5 million to convert his run-of-the-mill medical office into a fully loaded surgical center with wide corridors and sophisticated air-flow systems.
Americans draw a fine line when it comes to respecting each other’s rights. If a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage is asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, 85 percent of American adults believe she has the right to say no.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 8 percent disagree. There are current court challenges involving such cases
Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press.
The league announced its new policy during its All-Star game festivities on July 16 with the players' union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.
President Barack Obama on July 15 signed an executive order accelerating improvements in HIV prevention and care in the United States through the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. The following is the order:
ACCELERATING IMPROVEMENTS IN HIV PREVENTION AND CARE IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE HIV CARE CONTINUUM INITIATIVE
North Carolina's governor says he will sign a new version of a bill that raises standards for abortion clinics into law if it reaches his desk.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced his decision on July 12, just two days after he threatened to veto the previous legislation for how it addressed raising standards for abortion clinics through rules similar to outpatient surgery centers.
Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on July 11, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes against children that can be punished by up to 12 years in prison.
The legislation covers clergy and lay people who live and work in Vatican City and is different from the canon law which covers the universal Catholic Church.
The California Supreme Court refused on July 15 to order the state to immediately stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
However, the court still plans to consider whether the governor and attorney general correctly instructed county clerks that a voter-approved ban on gay marriages had become legally invalid statewide.
A marriage equality bill on July 15 passed its third and final reading Britain's House of Lords. The measure still needs final approval in the House of Commons.
A statement from Ben Summerskill of the British civil rights group Stonewall read, "Today we’ve all made history.
Opponents of same-sex marriage demanded on July 12 that the California Supreme Court immediately halt the practice that recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a nine-year legal battle.
The group that sponsored voter-approved Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in 2008, launched a new, two-pronged legal attack in what one expert described as a last-ditch argument with little chance of succeeding.
A federal judge will hear arguments Oct. 1 on the legality of Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Judge Bernard Friedman set the date this week in what could be a ground-breaking lawsuit filed by two Detroit-area nurses who are lesbians.