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'In God We Trust' signs now hang in Kentucky Capitol meeting rooms

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 December 2014 10:06

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.

What if it’s Bush-Clinton in 2016?

Written by NANCY BENAC,
Associated Press
Friday, 26 December 2014 06:33

The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.

After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination.

At a glance: The new year in Washington

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 25 December 2014 09:48

Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.

And it rings the bells for the 2016 presidential race, which colors everything in the center of power.

Federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 24 December 2014 06:38

The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously permanently blocked a 2011 North Carolina law to force women to undergo a narrated ultrasound before receiving abortion care.

The ruling on Dec. 23 states that "the state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient."

Some church-based institutions offer same-sex benefits

Written by Tom Coyne
and John Seewer,
AP writers
Saturday, 27 December 2014 06:46

Notre Dame University

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.

114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook age policy dies

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 December 2014 06:13

A 114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook after the social media site wouldn't let her list her real age has died in Minnesota.

Anna Stoehr, one of the nation's oldest residents, died Sunday in her sleep after several days in hospice care, according to her son, Harlan Stoehr.

Starbucks to switch to cage-free eggs, implement new animal welfare policy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:47

Starbucks this week announced the planned elimination of the sale of eggs that come from caged hens throughout its supply chain. The company will switch to cage-free eggs, including for its pastries.

The policy was announced a week in advance of new animal welfare legislation in California — Proposition 2 and AB1437.

African Americans are not standing behind Cosby

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 24 December 2014 05:56

 Bill Cosby hasn't been "America's dad" for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race.

Florida clerks won’t give gays marriage licenses

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 26 December 2014 11:48

Most of Florida’s 67 clerks of court don’t plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6 because they are paralyzed by confusion over whether a same-sex marriage ban is being lifted across the whole state that day, according to an Associated Press survey.

The overwhelmingly majority of clerks who responded to AP’s inquiry this week said they wouldn’t offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples without further clarification from a federal judge on whether his ruling applies beyond Washington County. A lawsuit filed in the remote Panhandle county by two men seeking to be married became a key basis for U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision ruling the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Supreme Court could decide Jan. 9 to take gay marriage case

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 December 2014 06:07

Gay marriage cases are on the Supreme Court's agenda with enough time for the issue to be argued and decided by late June.

The justices could decide as early as Jan. 9 to add same-sex marriage to their calendar this term, according to an update on the court's docket. That date is the first time the justices will meet in private in the new year to consider adding new cases.

Top 10 poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

Written by DAVID CRARY,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:04

The police killings of unarmed blacks in the United States — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.

FDA to modify ban on gay blood donors

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:10

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will modify the current policy requiring a lifetime deferral for blood donation from any man who has had sex with another man.

The FDA will change the blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men from the lifetime ban to one requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood.