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Tiger mauls worker at exotic feline sanctuary in Indiana

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A tiger kept at an Indiana sanctuary for abused and neglected felines mauled a caretaker who was cleaning the animal’s pen on Friday, gripping the woman’s head in its mouth at one point in an attack that left the victim in critical condition, authorities said.…

Voter ID laws could disenfranchise more than 25,000 transgender voters: study

New voter ID laws will likely make it more difficult for more than 25,000 transgender voters to cast a ballot in the November elections, according to a study released by the Williams Institute. Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin have all passed laws requiring voters…

Indiana ‘right-to-work’ foes drop bid to block law for now

(Reuters) – Opponents of Indiana’s new “right to work” law have withdrawn a request for a court order to block the anti-union measure after the state said it will not enforce it retroactively. But opponents of the law said on Monday they will press on with their larger legal challenge…

Watch: Storms wreak havoc across US midsection

As more than six dozen tornadoes ripped through the central United States on Friday afternoon, reports came in of at least eleven deaths, while the town of Marysville, Indiana was described by a local sheriff as simply “gone.” In Henryville, Indiana, the local high school was seriously damaged, but the…

Madonna’s guarantee: No half-time wardrobe malfunction

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Superstar singer Madonna promised no wardrobe malfunctions for her Super Bowl 46 half-time show, saying she has never worked so hard on preparing for a performance. The self-styled “Material Girl” promised she would not have a half-time clothing mishap such as the one that took place at…

No major Super Bowl threats, says Homeland Security

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — No major threats have been made against Sunday’s Super Bowl 46, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday even as authorities noted record safety technology advances. “We’re probably the most technologically protected Super Bowl we have ever had,” said Frank Straub, director of public safety for…

Indiana House Democrats end boycott of right-to-work bill

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Democrats in the Indiana state House of Representatives on Monday ended a three-day boycott blocking Republican-backed right-to-work legislation that opponents view as an assault on unions. House Democratic leader Pat Bauer said the three-day boycott by most Democrats last week gave them a chance to circulate information…

Hundreds protest against proposed Indiana ‘right to work’ law

Hundreds of pro-union activists rallied outside the Indiana statehouse on Tuesday to protest against Republicans’ drive to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation. The legislation would prohibit union security clauses in union contracts, meaning non-union employees would benefit from collective bargaining agreements without paying union dues. Twenty-two states have similar laws. Republicans…

Indiana University students file complaint over Chick-fil-A discrimination

Students at Indiana University South Bend have filed a formal complaint against the university’s Chancellor, alleging the presence of the fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A violated vendor policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. “Students impacted by the continued presence of Chick-fil-A on campus have come forward today…

How can we cleanse our culture of racism?

Surf over to read Bil Browning’s piece “Keeping whites and colors separate: The ‘U-Washee‘” over at The Bilerico Project. The image at right is just one of several signs up at an Indiana laundromat. Racism is ingrained in the Midwest; we’ve normalized it. Take, for example, my earlier post on…

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