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Employees at Summa Health Systems in Ohio can no longer have bright colored red or blue hair and women must cover their legs, as part of a new dress code policy.

The Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, reports men must also trim their beards and everyone is required to wear underwear under the new policy, which was updated earlier this month.

Poll: Support for same-sex marriage falls, Republicans say religion trumps gay rights

Written by David Crary
and Emily Swanson,
AP staff writers
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:06

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

Lab-raised endangered dragonflies being released in Illinois

Written by The AP Monday, 20 July 2015 03:39

Federally endangered dragonflies that have been raised in a laboratory over the past several years are being released at a forest preserve this week in Illinois, where scientists believe they'll be a good match with the small population still there.

Did Donald Trump go too far today by trashing John McCain’s military service?

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 18 July 2015 17:28

Donald Trump has soared to the top of Republican presidential polls for his brash rhetoric, particularly his assertion that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers and rapists.

Pabst Brewing returning to Milwaukee with new brewery

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:50
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Pabst Brewing Co. says it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

Scott Walker signs anti-abortion bill into law

Written by AP
and WiG Reports
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:03

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill on July 20 that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The governor's signature makes Wisconsin the 15th state to pass such a ban. There is no exception in the new state law for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

Experts create a diet for health and the environment, but Republicans try blocking it

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 19 July 2015 20:08

New dietary guidelines are due later this year.

Congressional Republicans beholden to food industry lobbyists are complaining, “Where’s the beef?” in a scientific committee’s proposed revisions to the U.S. dietary guidelines.

A court decision ending an investigation into the activities of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign could transform Wisconsin elections by allowing candidates to coordinate their campaigns with outside organizations — or PACs — that support them, while shielding the candidate’s PAC donors from fundraising limits and disclosure.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pressed the 2016 presidential contenders to curb the influence of Wall Street banks, as she seeks to leave her imprint on the agenda of Hillary Rodham Clinton and rest of the Democratic field.

Warren said in a keynote address to the annual Netroots Nation convention that the next president needs to halt the revolving door between those working in finance and at the government agencies that regulate Wall Street. Anyone seeking the White House, she said, should promise to appoint people who will "hold giant banks accountable."

A Republican-led House committee has asked for a briefing from the Planned Parenthood official whose secretly recorded discussion of how her organization obtains tissue from aborted fetuses for research has ignited a new GOP political offensive on abortion.

The letter to Planned Parenthood from GOP leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said comments by Dr. Deborah Nucatola "raise most troubling questions with regard to your organization's practices when performing abortions and whether those practices are consistent with federal law."

Brad Pitt slams Costco over factory-farmed eggs

Written by Sandy Cohen,
AP Entertainment writer
Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:00

Brad Pitt and Bill Maher say Costco contributes to animal cruelty by selling eggs from caged hens.

World brands scored on social justice policies

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 17 July 2015 18:08

Oxfam International recently ranked the world’s 10 largest food and beverage companies on their policies and commitments to improve food security and sustainability. The scorecard covers seven themes impacting the lives of people living in poverty around the world: transparency, farmers, women, agricultural workers, access to land, water and climate change.