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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.