Jenni Nortridge

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Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation

The White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.<p>The White House delegation will include an openly gay athlete: tennis great Billie Jean King.<p>It will not include the …

Dark Matter May Have Already Been Found, Researchers Say

The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may already have been detected with superconducting circuits, researchers say.<p>Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the …

Mich. bans abortions in ACA plans

Michigan became the 24th state to ban most abortions in its exchange plans when the state legislature passed a bill Wednesday afternoon by sizable margins.<p>The action follows an an unusual citizens’ petition drive that allows state lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it …

Giant blob of hot rock hidden beneath Antarctica’s ice

Mount Sidley is the youngest volcano rising above the ice in West Antarctica's Executive Committee Range. Seismologists have detected new volcanic activity under the ice about 30 miles ahead of Mount Sidley.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — A big, hot blob hiding beneath the bottom of the world could be evidence of …

Earth Science

No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage

There were a few snickers when a Colorado state judge ruled that a baker has to produce wedding cakes for gay couples even though he opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds.<p>A cake? What's the big deal?<p>But the decision, handed down late last week, is just the latest slice in a debate that has …

India Supreme Court Upholds Sodomy Law

The top court in the world's second-largest nation says it's up to parliament to decide on undoing the law criminalizing same-sex intercourse. This is "a major setback to LGBT rights," says the legal group that brought the case. Updated with details from the written judgement.<p>After a 12 year legal …

LGBTQI

Australian court strikes down gay marriage

Australia's highest court has struck down a landmark law that allowed the country's first gay marriages.<p>Dozens have wed in the nation's capital, but those marriages will be annulled in light of Thursday's ruling, which found that the country's parliament - not state and territorial authorities - …

Associated Press News

Illinois House Passes Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage will be allowed in Illinois once Gov. Pat Quinn signs bill.<p>It is a historic and emotional day for same sex couples who will be able …

Indiana hunter paralyzed in fall chooses to end life support

INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Bowers loved the outdoors. Hunting gave him the quiet time during which he could reflect on a busy life that included a new wife, a successful business and a baby on the way.<p>The Indiana man was enjoying that time while hunting for deer Saturday when he fell 16 feet from a tree …

Online Privacy

Bette Midler Loves 'Hocus Pocus' As Much As You Do

Bette Midler loves "Hocus Pocus" as much as you.<p>Midler, better known as Winnifred Sanderson, stopped by "Katie" this week and told host Katie Couric that "Hocus Pocus" is one of her favorite films.<p>"Oh, I love it. I love it," Midler said. "We made at before the tidal wave of Halloween happened. Now …

Oklahoma Native Americans to allow gay marriage despite state ban

The Cheyenne Arapaho will marry second same-sex couple under tribal laws, allowing couples federal benefits<p>Darren Black Bear hasn't thought too much about his upcoming nuptials. Maybe khaki pants, and he doesn't mind if guests show up in Halloween costumes. The wedding will be a rare sight: he and …

Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.<p>The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, …

HIV cure dealt a setback

The search-and-destroy mission against the HIV virus just got much more complicated.<p>New research suggests that HIV's genetic program is far more abundant in certain dormant T-cells of infected patients and is potentially more capable of unleashing its deadly instructions than previously thought.<p>The …

Immunotherapy

Crosswalk outside of Russian embassy in Sweden gets LGBT pride treatment

Stockholm residents decided to protest Russia’s crackdown on gay rights with a little rainbow street art<p>Russia's draconian crackdown on gay rights has made the Russian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden the target of a series of pro-LGBT rights demonstrations in recent weeks. This weekend, protestors …

Sochi Olympics: Russia says no discrimination for gay athletes

<b>Russian officials say gay athletes competing in next year's winter Olympics will not face discrimination despite a controversial new law on gay propaganda, Russian media reported.</b><p>Such concerns were "completely unfounded", the interior ministry said, quoted by Interfax news agency.<p>Olympic committee …

LGBTQI

Obama Opposes Olympics Boycott

"Nobody is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation than you've been seeing in Russia," Obama says. He says he would rather see gay athletes win medals at the Sochi Olympics.

LGBTQI

Same-sex marriage bill comes into force in Uruguay

<b>Two gay men who have been a couple for 14 years have become the first to register to marry in Uruguay, hours after a law came into force allowing same-sex marriages in the country.</b><p>Rodrigo Borda, 39, and Sergio Miranda, 45, said it was a day of much joy and emotion, but also of …

LGBTQI

Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Incite Push for Russian Liquor, Food Boycott

A New York City bar and restaurant group is calling for a city-wide boycott of all Russian-made spirits, liquors and foods to protest recent anti-gay …

Associated Press News

Pennsylvania county clerk goes rogue for marriage equality

Bruce Hanes is ignoring his state’s ban on gay marriage and issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses anyway<p>Bruce Hanes, Register of Wills in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, announced this week that, despite a state law banning same-sex marriage, he would issue marriage licenses to any gay …

Prop 8 backers refuse to give up

Proponents of California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that stopped same-sex marriage in the state, are pursuing an aggressive legal strategy, hoping to revive the ban that state officials have declared dead.<p>In the month since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the initiative's sponsors did …

PHOTO: Japanese Commuters Tilt Train To Free Trapped Woman

When a woman slipped between a train and a station platform just north of Tokyo on Monday, about 40 commuters and railroad employees worked together to tilt the 32-ton subway car enough to one side so that she could be pulled to safety.<p>The Associated Press writes that the train car's suspension …

New Evidence Suggests That Mars Was Once Covered By Huge Oceans

The latest clues were found in photos from NASA's powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the planet. The images show what appears to be an ancient river delta, which may have emptied into a vast Martian ocean that inundated up to one-third of the Red Planet long ago, a new study …

Gay marriage to become legal in England and Wales

Britain’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to pass the bill, which will now be signed by Queen Elizabeth II<p>Britain's lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to pass a measure legalizing gay marriage in England and Wales.<p>The measure now requires the signature of Queen Elizabeth II, a …

NTSB Intern Fired After KTVU Reported Fake, Racist Names

ascript" src="'+src_url+'">');<p>The NTSB intern who confirmed the fake, racist names of the Asiana Flight 214 pilots to a Bay Area television station has been fired.<p>BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski reported the news on Twitter on Monday. KTVU came under fire on Friday when it falsely reported the names of …