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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.

China’s security matrix prevents another Tiananmen protest

Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:15

When visiting friends in China’s capital, environmental activist Wu Lihong must slip away from his rural home before sunrise, before the police officers watching his home awaken. He rides a bus to an adjacent province and jumps aboard a train just minutes before departure to avoid being spotted.

In a neighboring province, veteran dissident Yin Weihong finds himself hauled into a police station merely for keeping in touch with old friends from the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. While he’s technically a free man, the treatment makes it virtually impossible to keep a job or have a normal home life.

N.Y. supermarket features gym

Written by John Kekis,
The Associated Press
Saturday, 31 May 2014 18:43

When Ann Lawson strolls into her neighborhood grocery store, she really gets a workout.

That’s because her local Hannaford supermarket in Albany, New York, has a small gym located just past the pharmacy counter. It has treadmills, stationary bicycles, various other cardio machines, even a state-of-the-art Zumba room with a shiny wooden floor.

Oregon, No. 18, Pennsylvania, No. 19 and No. 20?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:48

As same-sex couples said “I do” in Oregon and Pennsylvania, the newest states in the equality lineup, speculation turned to guessing at No. 20.

Will it be Utah? Nevada? Arkansas? Virginia? Kentucky? Idaho? Judges in those states have overturned bans on same-sex marriage, but the rulings were put on hold pending appeals.

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.

A Christian hate group is urging its members not to accept mail bearing the new Harvey Milk stamp.

How did your representative vote on medical marijuana amendment?

Written by The AP Saturday, 31 May 2014 11:31

The 219-189 roll call on May 30 by which the House agreed to an amendment that blocks the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

A "yes" vote is a vote to adopt the amendment as part of a spending bill for the Justice Department.

Houston council passes equal rights ordinance

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:11

The Houston City Council on May 28 voted 11-6 to pass the Equal Rights Ordinance championed by openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker.

Parker offered the measure, which was amended by Houston Councilmember Davis to include protections to transgender people.

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.

Hello June: All Illinois counties issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as of June 1

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 01 June 2014 05:32

A few years into their relationship, Sabra Blumhorst and Chelsea Baker exchanged wedding vows, never mind the couple's November nuptials weren't legally recognized in Illinois. Civil unions didn't interest the Carbondale couple, who long had hoped to have a legal marriage.

Google: We’re building car with no steering wheel

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 May 2014 09:14

Google will build a car without a steering wheel.

It doesn’t need one because it drives itself.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on May 28 voted unanimously to impose record civil penalties against the National Organization for Marriage. The fines total $50,250.

The commission also directed NOM — which has been at the forefront of campaigns to block same-sex marriage legislation and to defend anti-gay bans — to file disclosure reports with the commission.