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Berkeley's free speech movement, 50 years later

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:58

In the waning days of 1964, University of California, Berkeley, students inspired by the fight for racial equality found their collective voice in challenging a campus ban on political advocacy.

On Dec. 2, following weeks of demonstrations and failed negotiations, more than 1,000 students took over the administration building in what would be the apex of the Free Speech Movement.

How does this little piggy get to market?
What producers don’t want you to know

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 08 December 2014 16:10

At any given moment at Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, about 200,000 ducks are living in tightly cramped pens, suffering disease, injury and starvation until they join the ranks of the million ducks the farm slaughters in a year for the food industry.

'Giving Tuesday' raises $46 million in 24 hours

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:42

The national fundraising drive known as "Giving Tuesday" is having a growing impact for nonprofit groups, with nearly $46 million raised for charity over a 24-hour period, according to initial numbers released on Dec. 3.

The Giving Tuesday effort is driven largely by social media and online giving campaigns. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation to kickstart the critical holiday giving season after Thanksgiving.

The U.S. Labor Department on Dec. 3 announced the final rule for the federal government incorporating the executive order signed earlier this year by President Barack Obama prohibiting workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors.

“Thanks to the strong leadership of the Obama administration and the tireless work of equality advocates, transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors are now guaranteed basic protections from discrimination in the workplace,” said David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign.

Nobel Peace Prize winners: Education for all

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:30

Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India have stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

The 17-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head two years ago for insisting that girls have as much right to education as boys, says it is "not only the right but the duty of children" to be educated.

4 passengers stabbed aboard Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Michigan

Written by The Associate Press Saturday, 06 December 2014 07:18

Photo of stabbing suspect captured by passenger and disseminated on Twitter.

Four people were stabbed on an Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan. 

Obama, after chokehold decision, calls for trust

Written by The AP Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:37

President Barack Obama. — PHOTO: Courtesy

President Barack Obama says a decision by a New York grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the alleged chokehold death of an unarmed black man underscores the need to strengthen the trust and accountability between communities and law enforcement.

Miami-Dade votes for transgender protections

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:16

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Dec. 2 to amend the existing human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression.

The vote was 8-3.

Justice Department releases guidelines against profiling by feds

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:42

The Obama administration issued guidelines on Dec. 8 that restrict the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to profile on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

The policy, which replaces decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require federal agencies to provide training and to collect data on complaints.

Merry Marijuana: Pot sellers woo gift-buyers

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:49

That's not mistletoe.

Same-sex couples could marry in Florida as early as January

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:00

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 3 denied Florida's motion for stay of a U.S. District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Judge suspends Florida city's ban on feeding homeless

Written by The AP Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:54

A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city's law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue.

The ordinance is aimed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in Fort Lauderdale.