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Suit: Oregon church at fault for underwear-clad priest who chased boy fleeing molestation

A lawsuit claims church officials were sufficiently aware of sexual abuse by clergymen to have prevented an Oregon priest from molesting a boy and chasing him down the street in his underwear. Father Angel Armando Perez pleaded guilty April 1, 2013 to drunken driving, providing alcohol to the boy, and…

NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men

A New Hampshire lawmaker found himself being heckled by his colleagues on Wednesday during a state House speech, which asserted that women lacked the work ethic of men so they should be paid less. During a floor debate on Wednesday, state Rep. Will Infantine (R) argued that the “Paycheck Equity…

School can’t substantiate claims that Texas girl’s Bible taken away during in-class reading period

A Texas school district said it could not substantiate claims by a conservative activist group that a second-grader had her Bible taken away during a classroom reading exercise. The girl’s family said a teacher took away her Bible two weeks ago during a “read to myself” period at Hamilton Elementary…

Student seek change to university’s ‘Utah Man’ fight song to include women, minorities

Student leaders at the University of Utah, the flagship public campus in the conservative state, are pressing to change the school’s century-old fight song “Utah Man,” saying it needs to be more inclusive of women and minorities. Written in 1904, the song includes phrases and language that could be considered…

CA woman reaches $75,000 settlement with TSA over breast milk X-ray

A nursing Southern California mother stopped from taking breast milk through airport security has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, her lawyer said on Wednesday. TSA officers stopped Stacey Armato at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport while she was traveling to Los Angeles in 2010 with…

Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions, citing controversial research on fetus pain

Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 but the practice still polarizes U.S. society. A handful of states have in recent years enacted…

Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’

Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal assistance. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how…

California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…

Kansas judge grants legal name change and new birth certificate for Chelsea Manning

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning’s name…

San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants in order to rent rooms on Airbnb

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis…

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