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Mormon leader chides Kentucky clerk over approach to gay marriages

The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society on Tuesday, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.<p>"We may have cultural …

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Third baby in three months killed when thrown out New York window | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 6-month-old girl was killed on Thursday when she was thrown out of the window a New York City apartment building and her mother was in custody, the third such tragedy in three months, police said.<p>Police responding to a 911 call at about 2 p.m. found the baby unconscious and …

Latin America

Video Shows Police Officers Forcefully Taking Down Black College Student In D.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department later confirmed that Jason Goolsby had committed no crime.<p>A video that went viral on Twitter appears to show Jason Goolsby, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of the District of Columbia, being brutally taken down by police officers Monday night. D.C. …

Law Enforcement

Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for …

Aviation

How California's Largest School District Blamed an 8th Grader for Her Rape

The LAUSD’s indefensible effort to defend itself.<p>When “M.S.” was 13, her math teacher at Edison middle school in Los Angeles invited her to be friends online. Soon, according to a California appeals court, the same teacher started sending her sexually explicit messages. That winter, he called the …

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Fear is often used to push public policy. Sometimes it is warranted, sometimes it is not. In the case of a transgender person's access to public bathrooms, I do not think there is reason for alarm.<p>The Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are …

A Bereaved Mother on the Right to Die Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Right to Die bill into law last week, and I was instantly pulled backed to the memory of my first born daughter's brain damage at birth and the choices we were offered for her end of life.<p>Twelve years ago, my husband and I anxiously held hands as we sat at …

The $725m ranch bigger than New York and Los Angeles combined

<b>(CNN) —</b> The final countdown to the real estate sale of the century has begun.<p>Bigger than New York City and Los Angeles combined, Waggoner Ranch in Texas spans half-a-million acres, boasts more than 100 properties within its boundaries and oil reserves.<p>Potential buyers had until Oct 20 to submit …

Real Estate

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

New CIA Information on JFK Assassination

Since 1961, on every morning except Sunday, CIA briefers have presented the president of the United States with a top-secret, five-to-ten-page report on world events pertinent to national security. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer called the report, now known as the President's Daily …

The Aunt of Drowned Syrian Boy Says It Is Not Too Late To Save Other Refugees

Muhammed Muheisen—AP<p>Zoltan Balogh—EPA<p>Filip Singer—EPA<p>Aris Messinis—AFP/Getty Images<p>Iakovos Hatzistavrou—AFP/Getty Images<p>Manu Brabo—AP<p>Manu …

Lawyers seek new way to block marriage licenses

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Lawyers for a county court clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses in wake of the Supreme Court's ruling that allows same-sex couples to wed filed an emergency motion Wednesday to block an order from the Kentucky governor.<p>The motion asks U.S. District Judge David Bunning to …

LGBTQI

11 Bridges With Unbelievable Waterfall Views

<i>By Nick Mafi forArchitectural Digest.</i><p><i>(photo: Imagebroker/Alamy</i><p>Waterfalls are among nature's most spectacular sights. Architectural Digest rounds up 11 bridges across the globe that bring us closer to the action. Above, a footbridge snakes toward Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and</i> …

Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Begs Supreme Court For Help

Citing religious reasons, the clerk filed an emergency request with Justice Elena Kagan on Friday.<p>After defying multiple orders to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, a Kentucky clerk is taking her case to the Supreme Court.<p>Rowan County clerk Kim Davis on Friday filed an emergency request …

LGBTQI

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

Air Traffic Control Is Getting A Much-Needed Upgrade

It’s a clear sky over San Francisco, with no clouds in sight, and there’s an audible groan as your captain announces that your aircraft’s approach is on hold due to weather conditions. It’s not the pilot, the aircraft, or the airline – there’s a lot more that is going on under the hood of your …

Introducing 2016 Election Central: Your Guide to the Presidential Race

The 2016 presidential election will dominate the news, conversation and debate in America over the next 450+ days leading up to Election Day 2016. With a record 17 Republican candidates, five Democratic candidates and a constant stream of debates, there will be no shortage of political jousting, …

Social Media

Breathtaking Photos of America from the U.S. Department of Interior's Carefully Curated Instagram

The U.S. Department of the Interior manages the most breathtaking lands in America and they have the photos to prove it. From the adorable bear cubs of Delaware's Water Gap National Recreation Area to Maine's Acadia National Park and New Mexico's glistening white sands, it seems that this …

National Parks

Judge Throws Out Key Argument In Transgender Student Restroom Case

Judge Robert Doumar dismissed arguments under Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, in the federal case of a transgender high school student who was banned from school restrooms that correspond with his gender identity.<p>NORFOLK, VIRGINIA — A federal judge on Monday dismissed one …

LGBTQI

Planned Parenthood mum on whether docs skirting law by altering abortion methods

Planned Parenthood is hitting back on claims clinics may be illegally selling fetal tissue, after an undercover video showed an official discussing how they collect fetal body parts. The tissue is donated for research, the group said, and they don’t profit from it.<p>But so far, Planned Parenthood …

Abortion is a medical procedure. The reality of those often isn't pleasant

Anti-choice activists began planning their next political moves on Tuesday, after a video was released of a Planned Parenthood Federation of America staffer discussing fetal tissue donation with someone claiming to represent a medical company. The people behind the secretly taped encounter claim …

Feminism

Louisiana Justice Would Ignore U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

"The most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex," Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson Hughes writes.

Same-sex Marriage

Texas Attorney General Says Officials "May" Be Able To Decline To Marry Same-Sex Couples

Current religious liberty protections could provide protections for local officials whose religious beliefs dictate opposition to the right of same-sex couples to marry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says.<p>WASHINGTON — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Sunday that local officials …

LGBTQI

Some States Are Still Trying To Resist Gay Marriage

County clerks in Texas will be able to turn away gay couples seeking marriage licenses, the state's attorney general Ken Paxton (R) announced on Sunday.<p>Clerks can refuse based on religious objections, Paxton told the Austin American-Statesman, and because the clerks will probably be sued, "numerous …

Louisiana's attorney general doesn't plan to allow gay marriage anytime soon

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will not immediately enforce the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, stating Friday that his office "has found nothing in today's decision that makes the Court's order effective immediately."<p>Caldwell cited a 2004 vote to ban same-sex …

Same-sex Marriage

The best lines from Scalia's marriage dissent and Kennedy's decision

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a historic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down same-sex marriage bans across the country.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to affirm that same-sex marriage is a right along with the other four liberal justices and read the Court's opinion.<p>Chief Justice …

LGBTQI

How the Supreme Court could surprise everybody on gay marriage and please nobody

Many constitutional scholars predict the high court will find gay-marriage bans unconstitutional and effectively legalize gay marriage throughout the US. Gay marriage opponents, on the other hand, hope the justices will keep those bans in place.<p>There is a third option that would leave both sides …

LGBTQI

Antonin Scalia and the Limits of Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court’s resident Cassandra tones down his prophecies in advance of the same-sex marriage decision<p>Justice Antonin Scalia went over the top the last time the U.S. Supreme Court considered same-sex marriage. From an opinion he wrote this week in an immigration case called <i>Kerry v. Din</i><i>,</i> …