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Cherokees' Gay-Marriage Law Is Traditional

The tribe has long accepted same-sex couples, and now its laws reflect that.<p>The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest registered Native American tribes in the U.S., has officially decided to recognize same-sex marriage. The tribe, as a separate sovereign, isn’t bound by the U.S. Supreme Court’s …

LGBTQI

Ellen DeGeneres lauded for gay rights influence

<b>Comedian Ellen DeGeneres was praised by the US president for her influence on the gay rights movement as she received the country's highest civilian honour.</b><p>Celebrities including Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Michael Jordan were also among the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of …

Ellen Degeneres

Newfound ancient 'sea monster' is largest yet from Antarctica

About 66 million years ago, an ancient sea monster the height of a five-story office building once gnashed its sharp teeth as it swam around the dark waters of Antarctica, a new study finds.<p>The newfound beast, known as a mosasaur — a Cretaceous-age aquatic reptile that sped through the ancient seas …

Dinosaurs

Gigantic sinkhole swallows intersection in Japanese city

<b>(CNN) —</b> A gigantic sinkhole has opened in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka, swallowing huge sections of road near underground work to extend a subway tunnel.<p>A 7-to 8-meter-wide hole was first reported early Tuesday, according to Motohisa Oda, a crisis management officer from the city of …

Natural Disasters
LGBTQI

Peshmerga forces 5 miles from Iraq's Mosul in key battle against ISIS

<b>Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday, after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control.<p>A coalition of 100,000 troops have been closing in on …

Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in on Mosul after making quick gains

Three-pronged attack brings troops to within six miles of Iraq’s second city as Isis fighters appear to be retreating<p>Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi special forces have advanced to within about six miles of the city of Mosul, after launching a three-pronged attack early on Thursday against dug-in …

Middle East
Red Sea

Volcanoes on Venus erupted recently, new study suggests

PASADENA, Calif. –Volcanic activity on Venus took place in the recent past, geologically speaking, and may still be happening on the planet today. New research takes a deeper look at one recent eruption on Venus' surface.<p>The Idunn Mons volcano in the southwestern hemisphere of Venus rises 1.6 miles …

Geology

China sends two astronauts to live onboard its Tiangong 2 space station

The Shenzhou 11 astronauts will spend 30 days in space testing the station in preparation for the start of full operations in 2022<p>China has sent two astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations …

Space Exploration
U.S. Supreme Court

First 'three person baby' born using new method

<b>The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, New Scientist reveals.</b><p>The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor.<p>US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure the baby boy would be free of a …

Genetics
Astronomy

World record: Bolt of lightning was 200 miles long, experts say

Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice-- or so the expression goes-- but sometimes it does something amazing enough to break a record. That’s the case with two extraordinary bolts that the World Meteorological Organization has ruled are both the longest in length and duration on the books.<p>In …

Weather

Clown sightings have spread to North Carolina. Now police are concerned about creepy copycats.

It was near 10 a.m. Tuesday morning when man spied clown. The clown wore typical big-tent get-up — a wig of red curls, too-big shoes, blue pants and a shirt with yellow polka dots — topped off with a scary mask, as the witness would describe to Greensboro, N.C., police. The regularly dressed man, …

Crime

Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Astronomers engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.<p>An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its …

Astronomy

Mystery clowns bring fear to South Carolina town

Residents of a small town in South Carolina have been told to call the police if they see a clown, following reports that people donning luminous noses and oversized shoes may be trying to lure children into a nearby woods<p>Parents are on alert after a number of mysterious sightings of clowns …

Server receives $500 tip after simple act of kindness

A server's simple act of compassion went a long way this week.<p>Kasey Simmons, who works at a Dallas-area Applebee's restaurant, was waiting in a …

Grocery Stores

Judge strikes down Mississippi's anti-LGBTQ law

Late Thursday, minutes before Mississippi’s anti-LGBTQ law was to go into effect, a federal judge struck it down. The law would have allowed business …

LGBTQI

The Obama administration just took another step to protect trans people — in health care

Just hours after sending out clear guidelines against anti-transgender discrimination in schools, the Obama administration published another rule protecting trans people — this time in health care.<p>The US Department of Health and Human Services finalized the regulations for Section 1557 of …

Udon Entertainment Licenses Persona 3 Manga

1st volume of manga adaptation of Atlus RPG slated for September<p>North American publisher Udon Entertainment announced that it licensed Shuji Sogabe's …

Florida Teens Sent Ominous Snapchat Before Vanishing at Sea

Two Florida teens who vanished while fishing together at sea last summer may have sent the message, “We’re f’d,” to friends on Snapchat as weather …

Social Media

Photographer shares 'haunting' photos of abandoned theme park

A San Marcos, Texas, amusement park that was once “full of life” for photographer Andy Heatwole later became a “haunting” place of serenity.<p>The now-long-gone Aquarena Springs acted as Heatwole’s eerie backdrop when he photographed the abandoned resort and park between 2005 and 2012 for his gallery, …

Photography

Colombia high court votes in favor of same-sex marriage | Fox News

Colombia's highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.<p>Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday's ruling by the Constitutional Court for the first time allows them to wed the same as heterosexual …

Latin America

Cities with anti-LGBT laws can no longer host NCAA tournaments

In a ruling aimed at protecting athletes and fans, the NCAA Board of Governors has voted in favor of prohibiting cities with anti-LGBT and other …

Man finds heartbreaking letter in a bottle on the beach from boy to his dead best friend

A heartbreaking letter from a young boy to his best friend who died was found washed up on a beach in Florida.<p>Steve Mershon found it during an early morning stroll and was moved by the letter inside.<p>The 54-year-old found the letter from a 5th-grader named Jonothan Torres rolled up inside a glass …

Blind Boy Sees Mom For The First Time, And It's Magical

It's a heartwarming moment this mom will never forget.<p>Marquita Hackley's son Christopher Ward Jr., who has been legally blind since birth, saw her clearly for the very first time.<p>"Oh, mommy, there you are!" said the 12-year-old, after donning a pair of $15,000 eSight electronic glasses. The headset …

Demonstration

Clippers lose both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to injuries

The Los Angeles Clippers have lost two All-Stars and, most likely, any hope of reaching the conference finals.<p>Power forward Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the postseason after aggravating a leg injury in Monday night’s game at Portland, according to a statement the Clippers released Tuesday, …

Basketball
Basketball

Hawaii bill bans discrimination against transgender patients

HONOLULU (AP) — Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.<p>The bill passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives prohibits denying, canceling or limiting coverage based on a person's gender identity.<p>"That's …

LGBTQI