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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.

Federal judge rules against Florida's ban on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:06

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle on Aug. 21 ruled that Florida’s amendment banning gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

In Brenner v. Scott, attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution.

'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.

PROgressive sports roundup: NBA, NHL, NFL and more

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:22

Tanya Young Williams officiates the wedding for Violet Palme and Tanya Stine. — Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

The San Antonio Spurs recently hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.

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 and 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.

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:09

The U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 20 granted an emergency request to stay an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which said that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Some gay couples were preparing to marry at 8 a.m. on Aug. 21, but the stay from the Supreme Court means those weddings won't be taking place pending further appeal.