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Star-studded TV show to help needy dogs find homes

Written by SUE MANNING,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:12

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.

“Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” will air on Nov. 27 and feature a slew of celebrities aiming to find thousands of needy dogs a home by Black Friday.

AT&T supports stricter standards for police cellphone tracking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:02

AT&T has filed a federal court brief arguing that courts must account for people’s Fourth Amendment rights before authorizing law enforcement to get phone location histories from their cell service companies.

The ACLU characterized this as "a landmark move in the battle over privacy rights and new technologies."

Gay couples marry in Kansas, despite legal fight

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 14 November 2014 07:27

Gay couples across Kansas headed to county offices on Nov. 13 where judges granted marriage licenses and waived waiting periods after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex unions over the objections of the state's attorney general.

Despite a legal tangle involving the state Supreme Court, gay partners moved ahead with wedding plans. One couple married in front of the courthouse in Manhattan, Kansas.

Uncertainty in Kansas as officials refuse to honor court orders on same-sex marriage

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:05

Same-sex couples in Kansas are eager to say "I do" in the exchange of wedding vows, but Kansas officials — from the state level to the local level — are saying we won't to legal rulings to issue marriage licenses.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision late on Nov. 12 cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Kansas, but the court clerk in the most populous county won't grant licenses to gay couples until a separate legal case is resolved before the state's highest court.

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

Written by VANESSA GERA,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 07:08

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.

Ever since, the composer’s body has rested in peace at the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris — while his heart has endured a wild journey of intrigue and adulation.

U.S. bill would ban animal testing for cosmetics

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 15 November 2014 16:07

Rabbits are held in stockades and harsh chemicals are put into their eyes until they burn them out. Then the animals are killed.

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress.

Explosion in wealth inequality around world

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:58

The 85 richest people in the world now have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, according to anti-poverty organization Oxfam. In a report released in late October, the charitable group said the number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the financial crisis, but prosperity hasn’t — and won’t — trickle down.

Those 85 people at the top of the pyramid saw their collective wealth increase $668 million per day from 2013 to 2014 — almost $500,000 a minute, according to the report Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality.

South Carolina to appeal ruling overturning marriage ban

Written by From AP
and Wig reports
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:29

A federal judge on Nov. 12 struck down South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, opening the door to such marriages but also giving the state a week to appeal. The attorney general said he would do so immediately.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, ruling in the case of a same-sex couple from Charleston who sued to be married, found South Carolina's state constitutional ban "invalid as a matter of law."

Senate narrowly votes down approval of Keystone XL pipeline

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:20

The U.S. Senate on Nov. 18 narrowly voted down a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the measure could come back with a new Congress — one with a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate.

New York farm pays fine for refusing same-sex wedding

Written by The AP Friday, 14 November 2014 07:35

A rural New York wedding venue whose owners were fined $13,000 for refusing to host a wedding for a lesbian couple has stopped booking ceremonies.

Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed the August ruling by the Division of Human Rights that they violated state anti-discrimination law.

World on track to close gender gap — in 81 years

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:55

The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in nine years of measuring the global gender gap. And, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close the equality gap, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

“Much of the progress on gender equality over the last 10 years has come from more women entering politics and the workforce,” said Saadia Zahidi, head of the gender parity program at the Geneva-based nonprofit and the lead author of the report. “While more women and more men have joined the workforce over the last decade, more women than men entered the labor force in 49 countries.”

Millennials desire to own a business, but see less opportunity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:10

More than half of millennials desire to start a business, but fewer are creating new businesses than previous generations did at a similar age, according to a brief from the Center for American Progress.

Generation Progress, the youth advocacy arm of the Center for American Progress, brought together young entrepreneurs from Oakland, California; New York City and Columbus, Ohio and asked them about their experiences, the challenges they have faced and what policies they would recommend to remove the barriers to starting a business.