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Feds housing hundreds of migrant minors in makeshift center in Arizona

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 09 June 2014 09:39

Officials are working to improve conditions at a makeshift holding center in southern Arizona where immigration authorities are housing hundreds of unaccompanied migrant minors.

A federal official said that mattresses, portable toilets and showers were brought in over the weekend for 700 of the youthful migrants who spent the night sleeping on plastic cots inside the Nogales area center.

Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

Written by By John Rogers,
AP writer
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:11

Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.

But the insult the actor hurled last week still raises the question: Why would someone like Hill, for years a vocal supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, use such a word? Even in a moment of anger?

Coalition urges constitutional amendment to rein in campaign spending

Written by The AP Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:40

Several dozen groups representing an array of interests called this week on the U.S. Senate to back a constitutional amendment to rein in out-of-control campaign spending.

The groups, in a letter to senators, urged support for S.J. Res. 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to establish that Congress and the states have the power to regulate and limit election spending.

Instagram vamps up editing tools

Written by The AP Wednesday, 04 June 2014 05:05

The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular.

The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post this week that users will be able to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and other features of photos they take with their smartphones.

Under tea party influence, Texas GOP backs 'ex-gay' therapy in platform

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 09 June 2014 06:42

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did poorly in a straw poll in Texas.

The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays, under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention over the weekend.

Texas GOP would advance 'ex-gay' therapy in platform

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 06 June 2014 09:45

The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors.

A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention where, across the street, tea party star U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired up attendees at a rally to defend marriage as between a man and a woman.

Transgender man sues NYC over locker room access

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:29

A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City.

Bryan Ellicott, a 24-year-old city employee, said that after he entered the changing room last July, Parks Department workers got what he called a “complaint” about his presence and ordered him to leave and use the women’s section.

Coming from Apple in the fall …

Written by The AP Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:18

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices.

Apple executive Craig Federighi said data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can't get a comprehensive picture of your health. He said that will change with HealthKit in iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.

North Dakota gay couples sue for marriage equality

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 06 June 2014 13:51

Seven same-sex couples in North Dakota filed a lawsuit in federal court on June 6 challenging the state’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

The North Dakota case was filed by Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville, who recently filed a similar case on behalf of six South Dakota couples.

More Clinton White House records to be released

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 06 June 2014 03:51

The National Archives said it plans to release 2,000 pages of documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on June 6, covering a wide range of topics including Vice President Al Gore's 2000 campaign, gays in the military and the Supreme Court nominations of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

The papers have been closely watched this spring as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a second presidential campaign. The former first lady's new book on her State Department years, "Hard Choices," will be released next week.

News Guide: What Benghazi means in US politics

Written by CONNIE CASS,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:10

To congressional Republicans, “Benghazi” is shorthand for incompetence and cover-up. Democrats hear it as the hollow sound of pointless investigations.

It is, in fact, a Mediterranean port city in Libya that was the site of an attack on an American diplomatic compound on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That’s nearly all that U.S. politicians can agree on about Benghazi.

Seattle council votes for nation's highest minimum wage

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:36

The Seattle City Council on June 2 approved an ordinance that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the highest in the nation.