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Ryan Schucard

A Pennsylvania congressman’s press secretary pleaded not guilty yesterday to a weapons charge after Capitol police say Ryan Schucard carried a 9 mm handgun and magazine into a federal office building in Washington.

Appeals court ruling edges same-sex marriage decision closer to Supreme Court

Written by Nicholas Riccardi
and Brady McCombs,
AP writers
Sunday, 29 June 2014 17:25

The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided: whether states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spar over developer's tacky building sign

Written by Don Babwin,
AP writer
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:31

Trump International Hotel and Tower on the Chicago River.

The installation of 20-foot (six-meter)-tall letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P on the side of the billionaire’s gleaming Chicago skyscraper has triggered a war of words between Donald Trump and Rahm Emanuel — with the city’s mayor saying he’s looking for a way to undo the “architecturally tasteless” sign, and the developer in no mood to take anything down.

Pregnant women shackled, jailed for alleged substance use

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 17:22

A pregnant woman tumbles down a flight of stairs and is arrested for attempted feticide. A pregnant woman about to be released from prison is re-incarcerated when the judge learns she is pregnant and HIV-positive. A pregnant woman informs health care workers that she previously used drugs but kicked her habit and is clean. She’s handcuffed, shackled, taken to court and ordered into detention at a drug treatment facility.

Corporations are people? It's a real legal concept

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 08 July 2014 04:36

There may be more to that "we the people" notion than you thought.

These are boom times for the concept of "corporate personhood."

Utah governor asked to apologize for gay marriage comments

Written by The AP Sunday, 25 May 2014 07:59

A gay rights organization is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to apologize for suggesting homosexuality is a choice and for calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend same-sex marriage bans the "next step to anarchy."

John Netto of the Utah Pride Center says the governor's comments during his monthly televised news conference Thursday were hurtful.

Court overturns conviction of HIV-positive Iowan

Written by AP Saturday, 14 June 2014 05:05

Nick Rhoades

The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.

Report: IRS audits less than 1 percent of partnerships with over $100M in assets

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 17:54

The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a recent government report.

Court: Arizona Gov. Brewer wrong to bar DREAMers from driver's licenses

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:30

A federal appeals court panel has said that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses.

In its finding, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to DREAMers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who have permission from the federal government to live and work here.

Analysis: GOP paralyzed by immigration reform

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:47

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss last week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall.

Almost all represent districts that are home to few minorities and they are in greater danger of losing to a primary challenger than to a Democrat in the general election. That leaves little incentive for the GOP-controlled House to even touch an immigration overhaul that would to grant citizenship to many of the 11 million people living in the country illegally.

Cop refuses to work Utah Pride Parade

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 08 June 2014 07:30

A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade.

Dark political money imperils Earth’s future

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:09

Political contributions designed to weaken environmental regulations can be difficult to track. They’re moved through a network of right-wing campaigns, foundations, think tanks and political groups.