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4 men sentenced in beating death of gay man in Chile

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:54

Chilean judges on Oct. 29 sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas, and gave lesser sentences to three others.

The four men were convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder in the attack on Daniel Zamudio. They burned him with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy rock before abandoning him in a park in the capital of Santiago on March 3, 2012.

Child with gun says voices told him to shoot boy for taunting friend

Written by The AP Monday, 28 October 2013 07:51

An 11-year-old boy who took a gun and ammunition to his middle school heard voices in his head telling him to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, police said in a court document released last week.

In the affidavit released as the boy appeared in Washington state's Clark County Juvenile Court, police said he claimed in the presence of school officials that a "voice in his head" was telling him to kill another 11-year-old student "for calling his friend ... 'gay.'"

Gay marriage opponents invoke God, free speech in Illinois

Written by The AP Friday, 25 October 2013 04:41

Busloads of gay marriage opponents rallied outside the Illinois Capitol in Springfield this week, pledging to reverse any headway in the push for state legislation that would allow same-sex weddings.

Pastors, Christian activists and others addressed a crowd clustered on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda, some peering down from the second and third floor rails, a day after gay marriage proponents held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.

Tests show baby born with HIV is in remission

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:23

Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus – a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.

The case was reported earlier this year but some doctors were skeptical that the baby was really infected rather than testing positive because of exposure to virus in the mom's blood.

Men file complaint over ejection from Chicago cab for kiss

Written by The AP Tuesday, 29 October 2013 04:18

Two men filed a complaint with the state of Illinois against a Chicago taxicab company on Oct. 28, alleging one of the company's drivers ejected them from a cab after they kissed.

Steven White of West Hollywood, Calif., and Matthew McCrea of Chicago say they kissed during a ride in May from O'Hare International Airport to McCrea's home. They claim the driver for Sun Taxi turned the interior lights on and off, telling his passengers, "This is public transportation." The driver initially pulled over on an expressway but then drove to a grocery store parking lot and ordered them out, they said.

Hawaii special session in marriage equality begins today

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 October 2013 07:33

The island state that helped make gay marriage a national discussion could be the next state to legalize it after more than two decades.

Many credit a Hawaii case that started in 1990 with prompting action in courts, statehouses and Congress, leading to the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that was eventually struck down this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nearly half of gay and lesbian adults would consider changing jobs if their employer required them to transfer to a state where same-sex marriages were not recognized, according to a Harris poll released today and commissioned by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

About 60 percent of gay and lesbian adults also said they’d consider declining a job promotion if it required them to transfer to a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

Johnny Weir retires from skating competition

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:07

Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth. He hopes to be just as offbeat and entertaining in his new career.

The three-time U.S. figure skating champion retired from competition this week – he still plans to skate in shows – and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.

Judge hears arguments in Kansas sperm donor case

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 October 2013 18:40

A Kansas judge said she will issue a written ruling on motions by the state and a man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple but never intended to be the resulting child’s father.

Attorneys for the state and William Marotta presented arguments late last week to Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi on why she should issue summary judgment in their favor, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Hawaii gay marriage ceremonies could start Nov. 18

Written by The AP Friday, 25 October 2013 06:32

Hawaii could begin issuing licenses and performing ceremonies for gay couples on Nov. 18 if a bill passes during special session next week.

A Senate draft of the bill to be considered starting on Oct. 28 says couples would be able to obtain licenses and be married the same day.

Devastating health problems linked to U.S. agrochemicals in Argentina

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:31

Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn't trained to use protective gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he's a living skeleton.

Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in a town where it's illegal to spray agrochemicals within 500 meters (550 yards) of homes, and yet soy is planted just 30 meters (33 yards) from her back door. Recently, her boys were showered in chemicals while swimming in their backyard pool.

Beheading videos prompt Facebook to work to warn against violent content

Written by The AP Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:33

Facebook announced on Oct. 22 it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its social media site following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there.

The controversy – which has drawn critical comment from British Prime Minister David Cameron – illustrates the difficulty of setting a universal standard across the social network used by 1 billion people. Facing sharp criticism, Facebook Inc. issued a statement clarifying that violent videos were only allowed if they were presented as news or held up as atrocities to be condemned.