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Far-right sets sights on European Parliament

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 17:35

France's far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament.

Party chief Marine Le Pen is leading the charge for continent-wide elections next month like the general of a conquering army, and hoping to attract kindred parties around Europe in a broad alliance.

Lesbian-only cemetery being inaugurated in Berlin

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 11:00

A new burial area for lesbians only recently was inaugurated in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital of Berlin.

A 400-square-meter area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814 in central Berlin, will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, said Usah Zachau, a spokeswoman for the Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians.

Mother convicted of murdering 4-year-old she thought was gay

Written by The AP Friday, 04 April 2014 09:27

Oregon jurors took a little more than an hour to convict a 25-year-old woman of murder in the death of her 4-year-old son. A prosecutor who emphasized that the boy's sister had witnessed the fatal beating said earlier that a motive behind the violence was the woman's belief that the boy was gay.

Sentencing for Jessica Dutro was set for April 18 in Washington County Circuit Court.

Praise for U.S. Senate Committee vote to release CIA torture report

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:52

There was praise today from civil liberties and human rights leaders for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's vote on April 3 for declassification review and public release of the panel's report on the CIA's Bush-era rendition, secret detentoon and torture program.

The report is a 6,300-page document and is considered the most comprehensive account to date of the torture program, according to the national American Civil Liberties Union.

Sex offender set fire to lesbians' trailer in South Florida

Written by The AP
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Friday, 04 April 2014 12:35

A registered sex offender who lives at a South Florida trailer park has been charged with setting fire to another trailer, where a lesbian couple and eight children live, according to The Miami Herald.

Miami-Dade police say video footage shows 73-year-old Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to a mattress that was leaning against his neighbors' home early Saturday morning at the River Park Trailer Court.

The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

Written by The AP
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Friday, 04 April 2014 05:14

Los Angeles County health officials say three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died — and all three had sex with other men.

Health officials this week urged gay men to be vaccinated against the invasive meningococcal disease, which can spread through close contact such as kissing or sharing drinks.

Ryan budget plan would slash aid to poor

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:44

A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee this week, but its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama.

The GOP-controlled committee approved the plan by a party-line vote after swatting away numerous Democratic attempts to ease its cuts. The plan by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the committee chairman and the party's former vice presidential nominee, promises $5.1 trillion in cuts over the coming decade to bring the government's ledger into the black by 2024.

Federal judge rules against Ohio ban on recognizing same-sex marriage

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 11:51
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A federal judge has ruled against Ohio's gay marriage ban.

A federal judge said on April 4 that he will strike down the voter-approved ban against recognizing same-sex marriage in Ohio.

ACLU picks winners in national gay marriage contest

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 10:28

The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

The beneficiaries are five gay and lesbian couples from across the U.S. who, out of a field of some 400 entries, were announced as winners of the ACLU's My Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding contest.

Google exec quits board of anti-gay Christian relief agency

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 04:49

The director of corporate giving at Google has resigned from the board of World Vision, the evangelical Christian relief agency that announced recently that it would hire people in same-sex marriages and then reversed course and announced it would continue to discriminate against gays.

Google executive Jacquelline Fuller's resignation from the World Vision board was announced on April 3 by social justice activists who have circulated petitions asking for board members to quit the agency in protest.

A guide to the Final Four: Back to the Big Time

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:20

The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.