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Elizabeth Warren demands an end to the FDA’s ban on gay blood donors

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a group of 86 other signatories from Congress sent a letter on Thursday to call for an end to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ban on blood donors who are “men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977,”…

State Department issues worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens due to al-Qaeda threat

The Associated Press reported on Friday that the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens due to an unspecified al-Qaeda threat. NBC News confirmed the report. The AP said officials are concerned about a possible attack coming from the Arabian peninsula and possibly occurring in the Middle…

Watch live: Sentencing for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro

The sentencing phase begins for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro who pleaded guilty to more than 900 criminal counts of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 1.…

Watch live: Lawmakers attend 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Lawmakers attend a ceremony observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News, below.…

British gay clubs boycott Russian vodka over anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law

Some of London’s biggest gay venues are boycotting Russian vodka as part of a global movement to highlight the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws. The G-A-Y Group, which runs the famous Heaven superclub, is among those removing Russian products after President Vladimir Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda” and cracked down on gay…

Watch live: Obama proposes ‘grand bargain’ on middle-class jobs

President Barack Obama delivers remarks from an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Watch live, via NBC News.…

North Carolina governor signs Texas-style anti-abortion bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has signed an anti-abortion bill on Friday that allows the state’s health agency to impose strict regulations that match those of outpatient surgical centers, according to the pro-choice group NARAL North Carolina. Though McCorory had previously objected to the bill because he thought the…

Train driver in deadly Spanish crash to face investigation

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — One of the drivers of a train that hurtled off the rails in northwestern Spain, killing 80 passengers, faces questioning by police on Thursday, a court official told AFP. “The judge has asked the police that he make a declaration,” said the spokesman for the…

This fake Daria movie trailer starring Aubrey Plaza should totally be real

The good people at College Humor have put their creative energy to good use and created a fake trailer for a “Daria” movie. The trailer — starring Aubrey Plaza as Daria, Kassia Miller as Jane and Kendra Bates as Quinn — isn’t so much laugh out loud as something that…

Gillibrand compares military opposition to anti-sexual assault measures to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

On a conference call with military sexual assault survivors, advocates and journalists on Wednesday evening, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) compared the resistance to legislation that would take reporting sexual assault out of the chain of command in the military to resistance to the military’s now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell legislation.…

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