Cab drivers cry discrimination over body odor test

Written by AP Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:11

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

United Nations condemns U.S. racism as reverberations over Ferguson continue

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff reporter
Sunday, 31 August 2014 07:38

Ralliers showing solidarity with Michael Brown and the black community of Ferguson, Missouri, march down West State Street in Milwaukee on Aug. 18. –Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Even as Ferguson grows calmer, recent indictments in the St. Louis suburb continue to provoke outrage around the world.

Equality advocates, foes focus on SCOTUS

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:23

Dozens of lawsuits are pending in lower courts, but the focus in the campaign for marriage equality is trained on the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices, in a private conference set for Sept. 29, are taking a look at seven marriage-related petitions from five states, including Wisconsin. 

Utah appeals gay marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 06 August 2014 05:35

The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriage ban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Nashville mayor signs statement supporting marriage equality

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:09

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has become the first mayor in Tennessee to sign a statement supporting marriage equality.

7 in 10 Americans oppose new laws to restrict abortion

Written by WiG Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:22

Seven in ten Americans oppose new laws to further restrict abortion, according to a national poll commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

On the stump, Midwestern political contenders talk up their farm cred

Written by Catherine Lucey,
AP writer
Saturday, 16 August 2014 20:41

For candidates in the Midwest, almost nothing tops a photo opportunity with a barnyard animal or a colorful anecdote about life on the farm.

Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

Written by MICHAEL HILL,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:20

William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.

Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colorado, has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade, after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement.

Oklahoma governor: no executions without new rules

Written by Tim Talley,
AP writer
Sunday, 07 September 2014 06:40

New procedures to improve Oklahoma’s execution process must be implemented before the state resumes putting prisoners to death by lethal injection, Gov. Mary Fallin said after investigators presented their findings about an April case in which the inmate writhed and moaned on the gurney.

California slaughterhouse the latest to be charged with violating health safety

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:11

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall for processing cows with cancer and later distributing the meat, was charged in federal court on Aug. 18. The case is the latest development in a growing movement by health and animal-welfare advocates challenging the factory-farming industry.

Pew takes U.S. public’s temperature on religions

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:49

A Pew Research survey shows that Americans tend to feel warmly toward Jews, Catholics and evangelicals but chilly toward Muslims and atheists.

Pew created a thermometer — measuring degrees from zero to 100 — to take Americans’ temperature toward religious groups in a survey conducted mostly in June.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Supreme Court won't 'duck' same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 03 August 2014 06:05

The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.