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4th and final eclipse of 2014 on Thursday

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:12

From NASA.

North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

Wyoming clerks ready to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:12

Wyoming stood poised today (Oct. 21) to become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.

The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend a Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

U.S. Marine suspected of killing transgender Filipino

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 20 October 2014 08:07

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said this week that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who took part in joint exercises earlier this month, is suspected in the killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Philippine police and witnesses said the two met at a disco bar in the city of Olongapo on Oct. 11, then went to a motel room where Laude's body was later found in the bathroom. She had apparently been drowned in the toilet, according to police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo.

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

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 17 October 2014 10:40

A federal judge on Oct. 17 issued a ruling striking down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage, which paves the way for same-sex couples to get married in the western state.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick issued the ruling, ordering Arizona to "permanently cease" its ban on gay marriage. He did not issue a stay.

Who is taking Apple Pay?

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:16

More than 200,000 payment locations in the United States are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

Apple said it has worked with several retailers to make sure most of their stores, if not all of them, were ready at the launch on Oct. 20: Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale's, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Macy's, McDonald's, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, RUN by Foot Locker, SIX:02, Sports Authority, Subway, Toys R Us, Unleashed by Petco, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.

Obama: Constitution guarantees marriage equality in 50 states

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 11:44

President Barack Obama, for the first time, has said in an interview that he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Previously the president has said that each state should decide the issue individually.

Walker calls for Ebola travel ban, despite opposition of health experts

Written by AP reports Saturday, 18 October 2014 10:57

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola, despite insistence from public health experts that such a move would prove counterproductive. The call for a ban, however, is popular among uninformed voters.

Wisconsin Republicans have frequently stood in opposition to the medical community on health issues with political implicatiions. The Wisconsin GOP, for instance, enacted a law forcing pregnant women to undergo invasive ultrasounds through vaginal probes when seeking abortion services. The procedures are unnecessary, invasive and disturbing to women, according to the medical communitt. They win anti-choice votes at the expense of women's well-being, critics charge.

Rattling the cage: Court weighs in on personhood for non-humans

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 20:43

A movement seeks personhood for non-humans. — Photo: Zyance/Wikimedia Commons

A New York court will decide this fall whether to apply “legal personhood” to an animal in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed on behalf of Tommy the Chimp.

Dallas Cowboys release Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:41

Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The team made the announcement on Oct. 21.

Gay rights group endorses once-a-day pill intended to prevent HIV infection

Written by From AP an WiG reports Monday, 20 October 2014 08:30

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group over the weekend endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.

Feds: No sequel to polar vortex

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 October 2014 10:47

If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.

Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.

Suit over sperm bank error sets off extraordinary discussion

AP writer
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:41

An unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.

Jennifer Cramblett and her wife, Amanda Zinkon, wanted a white baby. They went to the Midwest Sperm Bank near Chicago and chose blond, blue-eyed donor No. 380, who looked like he could have been related to Zinkon. When Cramblett was five months pregnant, they found out that she her donor was No. 330, a black man.