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Germany approves third gender option for official records

BERLIN — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court.<p>In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be entered …

LGBTQI

Colorado baker back in court after turning away transgender woman

The Christian baker whose refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court is suing Colorado after the state ruled that he had discriminated against another customer, this time a transgender woman.<p>In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys for the baker, Jack …

LGBTQI

Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

WASHINGTON — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.<p>Her falling out with Trump and her decision to …

Donald Trump

Trump revokes former CIA Director Brennan's security clearance

Security

Ben Carson moves to roll back Obama-era fair housing rule

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is taking new steps to roll back an Obama-era rule intended to combat housing segregation.<p>On Monday, the Trump administration formally began the process of revamping a 2015 rule that required cities and towns to examine historic patterns of …

Ben Carson

Prosecution rests in fraud trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team rested its case on Monday against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who is facing tax evasion, bank fraud and money laundering charges.<p>The trial, the first of two Manafort faces, is in its tenth day in federal court in …

Paul Manafort

Guidance counselor may lose job after Catholic school learns she has a wife

A guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic school has been placed on administrative leave after school officials discovered she was married to a woman.<p>Shelley Fitzgerald has worked at Roncalli High School, which is run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for 15 years and has …

High School

Google found to track the location of users who have opted out

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.<p>An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent …

Maps

Sports betting is now legal in several states. Many others are watching from the sidelines.

On a recent sweltering afternoon in Las Vegas, the action at the sports book at Mandalay Bay seemed cool — there was baseball and horse racing, but the NFL preseason had just begun and the NBA preseason was weeks away.<p>Javi Sulaiman and Emily Force, visiting from Los Angeles, won $100 on a Cubs game …

Betting

Netflix's 'Insatiable' trailer was slammed for fat-shaming. But the full series is actually much worse.

“Insatiable,” Netflix’s latest controversial, teen-oriented release, arrives this weekend on the streaming service. Crass, oafish and painfully unfunny for 12 seemingly endless episodes, “Insatiable” attempts to be a satire without having a point of view. On paper the concept looks fine. The show …

Feminism

Trump rips NFL players after anthem protests during preseason games

President Donald Trump reignited his feud with the National Football League on Friday, blasting football players who protested during preseason games the prior evening for "taking a knee when they should be standing proudly" and suggested that protesters should be "suspended without pay."<p>"The NFL …

Football (U.S.)

Why women are rude to other women at work and how to deal

Women who are assertive and outspoken are particularly vulnerable to incivility from other women.<p>Men can make the workplace miserable for women, as countless #MeToo stories attest. Then, there are other women.<p>In a new interview with InStyle magazine, actress Jennifer Aniston revealed she's been …

Stereotypes

States seek to block instructions for making plastic guns

WASHINGTON — Nearly half the states joined a series of efforts Monday to block a Texas man from offering instructions online for making plastic guns using 3-D printers.<p>"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone …

Guns

Study: Bachelor, bachelorette parties are why millennials can't afford houses

Are bachelorette parties the new avocado toast?<p>If owning a home is high on your bucket list, you might want to think twice before jetting off to too many destination bachelor or bachelorette parties.<p>We know, you’ve already been told that giving up avocado toast and coffee will set you on the path …

Weddings

Disney becomes latest major company to ban plastic straws

MIAMI — The Walt Disney Co. has announced it will stop using single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all of its locations.<p>Disney officials said in a news release Thursday that the policy will be in place by mid-2019 and is part of the company's "long-standing commitment to environmental …

Pollution

ACLU sues 12 New Jersey school districts over policies seen as barrier to enrollment of immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey filed lawsuits on Thursday against 12 school districts or schools, alleging that they ask for IDs that require Social Security numbers or valid immigration status to enroll children, in violation of state law.<p>Some districts named in the suit, …

New Jersey

Avenatti: Trump paid 'hush money' to 3 additional women

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, said Thursday that he now represents three additional women who he says had relationships with President Donald Trump and were paid "hush money" before the 2016 presidential election.<p>Avenatti disclosed the …

Donald Trump

Homicides using guns up 31 percent, CDC finds

The number of homicides committed using guns has gone up by nearly a third nationwide in recent years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The CDC found a 31 percent increase in homicides involving firearms from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, 11,008 homicides involved …

Guns

Jerry Jones: Cowboys will require players to stand for anthem, not remain in locker room

Amid a pause in the NFL's implementation of a new policy regarding the national anthem and players' decisions to protest during the song, one owner appears to be going his own way.<p>Jerry Jones said Wednesday the Dallas Cowboys will not support players who choose to remain in the locker room for <i>The</i> …

NFL

Athletes who play football, contact sports may face greater risk of Lewy Body Disease

Athletes who play football, hockey and other contact sports may face an increased risk of another brain disorder, according to a study published on Wednesday.<p>Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System reported in the study -- published in the</i> …

Dementia

Is 12-years-old too young to talk to your kid about money?

What's the right age to have "the talk" <i></i>with the kids? No, not the birds-and-bees chat but the dollars-and-cents conversation about saving, budgeting and using credit cards responsibly.<p>The answer turns out to be the earlier the better, according to a new survey by Capital Group, home of the American …

Personal Finance

White House bans CNN reporter from press conference

CNN says one of its reporters was banned from a White House event Wednesday after attempting to ask President Donald Trump a series of questions that were deemed "inappropriate."<p>White House reporter Kaitlan Collins said she was pulled aside Wednesday afternoon after shouting questions to Trump …

Donald Trump

One dead after Los Angeles Trader Joe’s hostage standoff, suspect identified

Nightly News<p>NYU makes tuition free for medical students, hoping to bring change to the profession<p>01:32<p>How Aretha Franklin used her voice for activism<p>02:02<p>As shark scares prompt beach closures, what are the facts on this widely feared fish?<p>01:20<p>U.S.-Turkey tensions escalate as American pastor …

Trader Joe's

NBC/WSJ poll: Public gives Trump thumbs-down on Russia, thumbs-up on economy

WASHINGTON — After an eventful and tumultuous month in American politics, majorities of American voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia and immigration at the border, while half approve of his job on the economy, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal …

Donald Trump

African-American ballerina breaks barriers with Swan Dreams Project

Nightly News<p>NYU makes tuition free for medical students, hoping to bring change to the profession<p>01:32<p>How Aretha Franklin used her voice for activism<p>02:02<p>As shark scares prompt beach closures, what are the facts on this widely feared fish?<p>01:20<p>U.S.-Turkey tensions escalate as American pastor …

Aretha Franklin

New Hampshire makes it tougher for students to vote. Democrats call it 'devious' suppression.

New Hampshire Democrats are hoping to turn the November midterm elections into a referendum on a new law barring part-time residents from voting in the state.<p>Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, signed into law House Bill 1264, requiring students and other part-time residents to become …

Government

'Supergirl' to feature TV's first transgender superhero

LOS ANGELES — On Saturday at Comic-Con came news that Nicole Maines would be making history on the fourth season of CW's "Supergirl," becoming the first ever trans superhero on television.<p>Variety sat down with the trans activist shortly after the news broke to talk about her character Nia Nal aka …

Transgender

What's human? Instagram's faux influencers gain real followers

There aren’t many Instagram celebrities like Miquela Sousa, or Lil Miquela, a freckled Brazilian-American teenager who has accrued 1.3 million Instagram followers.<p>Miquela is what every Instagram influencer aspires to be. Her skin is flawless. Her poses are effortlessly cool. She’s even appeared in …

Social Media

Six states and NYC sue Trump admin over requiring 'sanctuary cities' to work with feds

Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the Trump admin is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities to engage in federal immigration enforcement if they want anti-crime funds.<p>Lawsuits were filed in Manhattan federal court …

Study shows more young people dying from liver disease

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Liver Disease