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Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

AP writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:26

To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.

For more than two decades, the man many call "Chef Arnold" has proudly fired up his ovens to serve up four-course meals for the downtrodden who wander the palm tree-lined beaches and parks of this sunny tourist destination.

Gay marriage headed back to Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 November 2014 07:31

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again.

A federal appeals court on Nov. 6 halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel instead upheld laws against the practice in four states - Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Transcript: President Barack Obama's post-election remarks

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:42

President Barack Obama held a news conference at the White House the afternoon after the midterm election.

The following is a transcript of the president’s remarks, and then the question-and-answer session with the press.

Federal judge orders Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:24

A federal district judge on Nov. 4 ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry.

However, Judge Daniel Crabtree delayed enforcement of the order until next week to provide the state time to appeal.

Animal advocates, farm workers sue FDA over animal growth drugs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 13:13

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of several ractopamine-based animal drugs is being challenged by animal advocates and farm workers. The groups are suing the FDA for failing to take into account the drugs’ cumulative effects on animal behavior, worker safety, wildlife or the nation’s waterways.

The lawsuit focuses on ractopamine, a drug fed to farm animals to promote rapid weight gain. The drug has been banned in dozens of countries and is said to cause death, lameness, stiffness, trembling and shortness of breath in farm animals.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds same-sex marriage bans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:57

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Nov. 6 overturned lower court rulings that struck down Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee bans on marriage equality.

Midterm voters: A little cranky, a little hopeful

Written by JENNIFER C. KERR,
AP writer
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:40

With the U.S. Senate at stake, millions of voters went to the polls on Nov. 4 with a mix of concern about the nation's future, skepticism about gridlock in Washington and, for some, a little enthusiasm about the day.

Voters in Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina and elsewhere registered dissatisfaction with the choices on the ballot, saying they picked the best candidate they could in a cast of some so-so choices.

What if? Republicans mull strategy if they control Congress

AP writer
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:29

Control of the House and Senate will be decided by voters today. And polls suggest that Republicans are close, very close, to achieving majorities in both chambers. So leading Republicans are turning to a matter often overlooked in campaigns: how to actually govern.

They say it will be crucial to show the GOP can legislate, lead and solve problems after years of lobbing political grenades at President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.

TV ad campaign for gay equality launched in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 09:38

Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Missouri judge overturns state ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:52

A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage on Nov. 5 in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states.

Walker defeats Burke, GOP wins control of Congress

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 05 November 2014 01:57

Wisconsin voters re-elected Scott Walker as governor for a second term, according to early returns. The Nov. 4 win was his third statewide victory in just four years.

Voters at Georgia polling place charged to park

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:20

The Center for American Progress and other organizations raised concerns on Election Day with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp about access to the polls. They are calling for immediate action to ensure all eligible voters have uninhibited access to the polls and can exercise their legal and constitutional right to vote.

The state of Georgia's website with vital voter information went down on Election Day and the polling location on Georgia Tech’s campus is charging voters for parking in order to vote there, according to multiple reports.