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Arizona Opens Doors to Gay Marriage – a Major ShiftPHOENIX (AP) — Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something [...]
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Police Use of Taser on Homeless Man Leads to Penalties  DENVER (AP) — A federal jury on Oct. 14 found five Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere. Marvin Booker died [...]
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Marriage is Between a Man and Woman, Vatican AffirmsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging [...]
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Ferguson Officer who Shot Michael Brown Feared for LifeWASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb in August has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities [...]
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Texas Can Require Voter ID in Nov. Election, Justices RuleWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many Blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year. Like earlier orders in North Carolina, [...]
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Man Convicted in ‘Loud Music’ Killing Gets Life SentenceJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not [...]
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ACLU Lawyer Picked as Acting Civil Rights Chief at JusticeWASHINGTON (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union attorney was named Wednesday to be the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Vanita Gupta, who has served for the past four years as deputy legal director of the ACLU and director of its Center for Justice, starts at the Justice Department next week. [...]
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Scholarship Applications for DREAMers Due on Oct. 26  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
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Minimum Wage Law in San Diego Could go Before Voters  San Diego’s minimum wage law – which would increase hourly pay to $11.50 per in 2017 – is now on hold after opponents on Thursday submitted enough signatures to trigger a possible referendum, in which the issue would go before voters for a decision.  The San Diego City Council will decide on Monday whether [...]
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