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A Marriage, a Wedding Cake, Religion and a U.S. Debate

A Marriage, a Wedding Cake, Religion and a U.S. Debate

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage. Phillips replied he couldn’t, but that he’d [...]
Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans Still be New Orleans?NEW ORLEANS ­– When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant city ­– the place where jazz was born, where the food is legendary, where culture runs deep – had some big problems. The poverty rate was about twice the national average. The [...]
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Immigrant Advocates Call on Obama to ‘Stop Deportations’Holding banners and standing with children, grassroots activists and immigrants in more than 50 cities called on President Barack Obama on Saturday to use his executive power to end deportations. Their message: Separating relatives, especially parents from kids, is causing deep pain and eroding trust. Advocates even showed up at the White House to press [...]
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Ricardo Zamudio looks like lots of other young men in America – big, brawny, and with a ready smile. The eldest of three children born to immigrant parents, he arrived in this country as a baby, worked hard in school and landed a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, a dream of thousands [...]
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Immigration: A ‘Moral’ IssueNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders made a rare visit to the border and celebrated Mass on April 1 in the shadow of the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico, offering Holy Communion through the steel barrier to people on the Mexican side as they sought to bring attention to the plight of immigrants. [...]
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Can President Obama Stop Deportations?Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, almost 2 million people have been deported – more than under any other president. That’s not just a steady drumbeat; it’s a full-on marching band. 1,100 people a day. 45 people an hour. One every 80 seconds. Each of those people leaves behind a life: a home, [...]
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NYC Official: Homeless Veteran Shouldn’t Have Been in JailNEW YORK (AP) — A malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the top level of a two-tier observation unit where a city official told The Associated Press a mentally ill, homeless veteran inmate “basically baked to death” in a cell that was at least 100 degrees last month, the head of New York City’s jails system [...]
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Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending PovertyPete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world. He was one of the few artists to take the power of music and use it to inspire people to move America toward a more equitable society.
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By the time he was 17, Sheldon Smith had already served time in jail and was about to become a father. He appeared to be on his way toward becoming another dismal statistic despite having been an eloquent youth organizer as a young teen. But, instead of letting those significant challenges daunt him, Sheldon used [...]
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Michigan Ban on Gay Marriage Ruled UnconstitutionalDETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar prohibitions across the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman released his 31-page ruling exactly [...]
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