Superstition times 3: 3 Friday the 13ths in 2015

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:54

Perhaps you were too busy planning for Valentine’s Day, but Friday was the first of three Friday the 13ths this year.

Each year has at least one Friday the 13th, but there can be as many as three. 2012 was the last year with three Friday the 13ths; the next will be 2026.

Legal standing questions unlikely to derail Supreme Court arguments on ACA

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 February 2015 09:11

The U.S. Supreme Court. — PHOTO: Official/Wikipedia

Despite questions about four challengers' legal right to bring their lawsuit, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will not be deterred from deciding whether millions of people covered by the health care overhaul are eligible for the subsidies that make their insurance affordable.

LGBT activists launch #DiscriminationExists campaign

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 20:32

Troy Williams at rally at the Utah State Capitol.
— PHOTO: AP/Rick Bowmer

Same-sex couples can legally marry in 37 states, but in some of those states the newlyweds can be fired for simply coming out and telling co-workers how they celebrated on their wedding day.

Obama disputes former aide's take on marriage equality

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:44

President Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide's view that Obama feigned opposition to gay marriage, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters.

Former Obama strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book that Obama modified his public position to say he supported civil unions but not gay marriage. Axelrod says that was because his political advisers told him supporting gay marriages could hurt him politically.

White House to appeal ruling blocking immigration order

Written by The AP Tuesday, 17 February 2015 05:33

The White House says the Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling which temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

On Feb. 16, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

Poll: No public support for resisting a court order on marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 13 February 2015 11:50

A new survey shows support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the public to resist a U.S. Supreme Court ruling — even among voters who oppose marriage equality.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, released the results from the national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Pediatrics group changes pot policy as legalization marches forward

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:56

The nation’s most influential pediatricians group updated its policy on marijuana to recommend the drug be removed from the government’s most restrictive category, which includes heroin and other narcotics said to have no accepted medical use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics proposed reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance to allow for greater scientific research and experimentation.

Recommendations for nation's dietary patterns due

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:35

Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?

An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats. The panel could also tweak its recommendations on exactly how much salt is too much and put limits on sugar consumption for the first time.

Alabama's stand against gay marriage crumbled as judges in most counties have sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice, a Republican who once called homosexuality an inherent evil.

Many counties in the Bible Belt state began issuing the licenses to same-sex couples after the latest strongly worded order from U.S. District Judge Callie Granade. She said on Feb. 12 that a judge could no longer deny marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, reiterating her ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Polling shows differing hopes, expectations for female leaders

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 20:36

Hillary Rodham Clinton in Boston in December.
— PHOTO: AP/Elise Amendola

Four in 10 adults say they hope to see a woman elected to the presidency in their lifetime, while 57 percent say it doesn’t matter whether they say, “Madam President” or “Mr. President.”

Rights advocates raise concerns of bias motive in Chapel Hill killings

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:45

Authorities say a long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated a man to kill a woman, her husband and her sister at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.

But civil rights advocates are raising concerns that authorities haven't addressed the possibility of hate-motivated bias.

Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Written by The AP Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:25

Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

GREY2K USA and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believe racing is cruel and are embarking on a broad-based lobbying effort. The centerpiece is a study that documents more than 11,000 injuries to racing greyhounds and 909 deaths from 2008 to 2014.