An undercover investigation at a “spent” egg-laying hen slaughter plant in Butterfield, Minnesota, revealed inhumane treatment of animals and potentially illegal cruelty, according to The Humane Society of the United States.
The animal welfare group conducted the investigation at Butterfield Foods and then released video and other results of the investigation and reported possible illegal activity to authorities, followed by release to the news media on Jan. 5.
Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories.
In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance.
A conservative group on Dec. 30 sued a county clerk of courts, Orlando's mayor and a judge in an effort to stop them from helping same-sex couples get married in Florida next week.
The lawsuits filed by the Florida Family Action, Inc. asked a judge to prevent the officials from either officiating or issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting next week when Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is set to expire.
Rhode Island emerged as the state with the highest percentage of regular marijuana users, according to a new national study.
Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study.
A federal judge’s stay on a ruling overturning Florida’s ban on marriage equality expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5, making the Sunshine State the latest where same-sex couples can legally marry. With Florida factored into the equation, more than 216 million Americans — 70 percent of the country — live in a state with marriage equality.
Since this time last year, state statutes or constitutional amendments banning marriage rights for same-sex couples have been overturned by state or federal courts in 28 states. As of Jan. 6, gay and lesbian couples will be able to legally marry in 36 states and Washington, D.C.
Separating himself from much of the emerging Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush has declined an invitation to speak at a political event organized by one of Congress' most strident immigration critics.
A Bush aide said this week that the former Florida governor appreciated the invite from Republican congressman Steve King but would not be able to attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 because of a scheduling conflict.
A 29-year-old woman described as a "beautiful, young, loving mother" was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Walmart in what authorities called a tragic accident.
The boy reached into Veronica J. Rutledge's purse and her concealed gun fired, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller said. The woman was shopping Tuesday with her son and three other children, Miller said.
State lawmakers will debate legislation in committees next year beneath "In God We Trust" signs.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state officials hung the new signs in 11 committee rooms in the Capitol and Capitol Annex, where legislators have offices and meeting rooms. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said the signs were paid for with private donations, not taxpayer dollars.
New England Brewing Co. is apologizing to people offended by its use of Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on beer cans.
The company based in Woodbridge, Connecticut, apologized over the weekend for its distribution of Gandhi-Bot, an India pale ale.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle has issued an order clarifying that all Florida clerks should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5.
Some clerks had indicated they would not issue licenses and others said they were uncertain whether they could issue licenses in Florida. At the same time, some Christian right groups in the state have been encouraging clerks to ignore the judicial order.
The California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch says that it documented the on-set transmission of an HIV infection from one adult film performer thought to be working out of state — in Nevada — to another performer.
The case involves a male performer who was filmed performing with other male performers.
Universities, charities and hospitals affiliated with churches that oppose same-sex marriage are facing the thorny question of whether they have an obligation — morally or legally — to extend health care benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees in states where they now are allowed to marry.