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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 01 September 2014 07:25

A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said over the weekend.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans consensual sex between men. He argued that the anti-sodomy law fuels homophobia and violates a charter of human rights adopted in 2011 that guarantees people the right to privacy.

New Jersey sheriff delays acquiring military vehicles

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 29 August 2014 13:05

Sheriff Michael Saudino in Bergen County, New Jersey, will delay the acquisition of two mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles from the Department of Defense.

The disclosure follows the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, where civil rights protesters faced a police department outfitted for warfare.

Court overturns hate-crime convictions in Amish hair attacks

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:03

Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish defendants, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in 2011. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of Sam Mullet Sr., leader of the Bergholz community in eastern Ohio.

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Written by The AP Monday, 25 August 2014 08:13

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.

Scientists looking at glacier melt since 1851 didn't see a human fingerprint until about the middle of the 20th century. Even then only one-quarter of the warming wasn't from natural causes.

Gay Georgia teen posts video of family throwing him out, raises $93,000 in donations

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:31

Daniel Ashley Pierce, right

Online donations for a gay 19-year-old youth from Kennesaw, Georgia, exceeded $93,000 in three days after he posted a video online of his family beating him and throwing him out of his home after he came out to them as gay.

'Yes means Yes' bill sent to California Gov. Brown

Written by The AP Friday, 29 August 2014 06:12

State lawmakers on Aug. 28 passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not indicated his stance on the bill.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Written by DAVID SHARP,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:14

The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are predicting more of the same for the coming season.

Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

Written by The AP Friday, 29 August 2014 13:24

Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.

Local government spokesman Ulf Mossberg said city officials decided the tune from Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama was an appropriate way to demonstrate the city's belief in "the equal value of all people."

Florida Supreme Court asked to decide marriage equality case

Written by The AP Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:24

Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

In an unusual decision, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Aug. 27 asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." If the high court takes up the case, it could result in having the issue settled even before the U.S. Supreme Court acts.

Puppy love: Dating sites match pet-loving people

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:02

On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do. Many of the sites encourage users to bring their dogs on first dates to break the ice or size up canine chemistry.

Pig factory's neighbors file nuisance complaint

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 22 August 2014 10:26

Neighbors of a Minnesota pig factory recently filed a legal complaint, alleging that horrible odors from the facility make their lives miserable and constitute a nuisance under Minnesota law.

The neighbors claim the foul stench from the factory prevents them from going outdoors or opening their windows, leaving them isolated from family and friends.