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Then there were 12: Nebraska ordered to end same-sex marriage ban

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 07:15 GMT // 0 Comments

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon’s decision Monday means that same-sex marriage is now against the law in fewer than one in four states. Nebraska state officials immediately appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision. And so, beginning Monday the state must “treat […]

DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Passes Medical Marijuana

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 06:38 GMT // 0 Comments

Where would this country be if Peter Cottontail got cottonmouth? Matt Fairbanks, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “marijuana eradication” team in Utah, testified to a state Senate panel last week, and said rabbits could get addicted to pot, lose their natural instincts and sit around getting high all the time should a bill […]

China Reports Say 20 Killed After Bus Falls Off Cliff

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 03:43 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. – Go to Home Page »

China Reports Say 20 Killed After Bus Falls Off Cliff

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 03:43 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. – Go to Home Page »

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 02:29 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Hillary Rodham Clinton had no government email address. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press) […]

Hillary Clinton Only Used A Private E-Mail As Secretary Of State, Protecting Messages From Disclosure: Report

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 02:20 GMT // 0 Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address during […]

The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:59 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference this year — second only to shepherding teenage attendees to the AIPAC selfie wall. Still, one gutsy former adviser to President Barack Obama decided to give it a shot — and soon realized he […]

Housing Restrictions For Sex Offenders Unconstitutional, California Court Rules

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:09 GMT // 0 Comments

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law barring sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park is unconstitutional. –Rental agreement form with signing hand and pen and keys. | eccolo74 via Getty Images An appeals court in New York last month ruled that local governments cannot restrict where […]

Lawyer In California Proposes Killing Gays With ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:09 GMT // 0 Comments

A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports. – A representative for the Attorney General’s Office was not immediately available for further comment.

Lawyers For Only Woman On Georgia’s Death Row Make Last-Ditch Effort To Postpone Or Cancel Execution

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:39 GMT // 0 Comments

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The only woman on Georgia’s death row will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court or the state parole board steps in with a last-minute reprieve.In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, […]

Attorney: Ex-superintendent Charged In Cheating Scandal Dies

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:41 GMT // 0 Comments

Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died. Hall’s attorney J. Tom Morgan confirmed her death in an email on Monday.Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, right, waits for motions at a Fulton County Superior Court hearing […]

The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:04 GMT // 0 Comments

The stakes were high three years ago when the Supreme Court heard NFIB v. Sebelius, the case challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate and threatening to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement. For three days, attorneys argued about some of the most important controversies in constitutional law –- the boundaries between federal and state power, the […]

Indiana Considers ‘Baby Boxes’ To Allow Moms To Abandon Infants Safely

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:49 GMT // 0 Comments

On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what’s inside could save an abandoned newborn’s life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis […]

Iraq Begins Offensive to Recapture Tikrit From ISIS

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 11:24 GMT // 0 Comments

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi military, alongside thousands of Shiite militia fighters, began a large-scale offensive on Monday to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, a battle that could either deepen the country’s bloody sectarian divide or become a pivotal fight in the campaign to reclaim north and west Iraq. Iraqi state television […]

Iraq Reportedly Launches Large-Scale Military Operation To Recapture Tikrit From Islamic State

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 07:28 GMT // 0 Comments

Iraq’s state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group. Al-Iraqiya television said Monday that the forces were attacking the city of Tikrit, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the […]

Iraq State TV: Operation to Retake Tikrit Begins

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 06:55 GMT // 0 Comments

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group. – Go to Home Page »

Syria: 19 Christians Have Been Released by the Islamic State, Local Leaders Say

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 01:39 GMT // 0 Comments

Nineteen of the Assyrian Christians seized by Islamic State militants last week in northeastern Syria have been freed, and they met with church officials in a cathedral in the city of Hasaka, local leaders said Sunday. Three of those freed were women, and according to videos and photographs, some appeared to be elderly men. Dawoud […]

California Republicans Vote To Officially Recognize Gay Political Organization

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 00:47 GMT // 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Reuters) – California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. Endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans as a charter volunteer organization within the nation’s largest […]

Activists Say ISIS Releases 19 Syrian Christians

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 19:23 GMT // 0 Comments

The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said.AHMAD AL-RUBAYE via Getty Images The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that has been devastated by […]

Feinstein calls Netanyahu ‘arrogant’

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 16:01 GMT // 0 Comments

The California Democrat’s comments to CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday’s “State of the Union” come days ahead of Netanyahu’s high-profile speech to Congress, in which he’s set to lobby against a deal to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. – “He doesn’t speak for me on this,” she said. “I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I […]

Kerry and Netanyahu Hold Phone Conversation Amid Tensions

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:41 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Saturday, the State Department said. – Go to Home Page »

Kerry and Netanyahu Hold Phone Conversation Amid Tensions

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:41 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Saturday, the State Department said. – Go to Home Page »

Terry Virts Tweets Touching Tribute To Leonard Nimoy From Outer Space

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:23 GMT // 0 Comments

While orbiting around Earth on the International Space Station, American astronaut Terry Virts took a minute to pay fitting tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at 83. The late actor’s home state of Massachusetts can be seen just to the right of Virts’ Vulcan salute. – — NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:31 GMT // 0 Comments

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the […]

10 Best States For Business

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:12 GMT // 0 Comments

This story was originally published by 24/7 Wall St. While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate in the United States, deciding the state in which to base their operations can be very […]

Thousands Protest Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Bill At The State’s Capitol

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:04 GMT // 0 Comments

By Brendan O’Brien MADISON, Wis., Feb 28 (Reuters) – Wisconsin unions bussed in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which was approved by the Republican-led […]

Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:27 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for military operations in the Middle East, gave reporters a standard background briefing about the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State. The […]

Cuba talks continue, terror list a sticking point

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 17:18 GMT // 0 Comments

The talks followed negotiations that began in Havana last month, after President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes to the United States’ Cuba policy. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, who participated in the talks, told reporters afterward and said that the meeting was “productive and encouraging,” describing the conversation as […]

Brooklyn Arrests Highlight Challenges in Fighting of ISIS and ‘Known Wolves’

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:51 GMT // 0 Comments

In Canada and Australia, young men inspired by the bloody, apocalyptic vision of the Islamic State were thwarted in their efforts to join the battle in Syria, so they took up arms in their homelands, staging small attacks that drew widespread attention. In London, Mohammed Emwazi was known for years to be sympathetic to the […]

Brooklyn Arrests Highlight Challenges in Fighting of ISIS and ‘Known Wolves’

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:51 GMT // 0 Comments

In Canada and Australia, young men inspired by the bloody, apocalyptic vision of the Islamic State were thwarted in their efforts to join the battle in Syria, so they took up arms in their homelands, staging small attacks that drew widespread attention. In London, Mohammed Emwazi was known for years to be sympathetic to the […]

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