Gay marriage arrives in parts, but not all, of Alabama

Gay marriage arrives in parts, but not all, of Alabama

Gay marriage arrived to parts of Alabama on Monday — but not to others — after the state’s chief justice sought to put the weddings on hold, echoing familiar southern refrains of resistance to the intrusion of federal courts. Jubilant couples emerged with marriage licenses in hand from courthouses in Montgomery and Birmingham and other […]

Jury selection starting for trial on murder of Chris Kyle

Jury selection starting for trial on murder of Chris Kyle

Jury selection is to begin Monday in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a former Navy SEAL who was depicted in the Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper.” More than 260 potential jurors are set to report to district court in the Texas town of Stephenville, southwest of Fort Worth. Former Marine Eddie Ray […]

Obstructionist Alabama justice tries to stop gay marriage

Obstructionist Alabama justice tries to stop gay marriage

Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours Monday, hugging and talking excitedly of getting married soon. They hoped to be the first couple to get a marriage license Monday morning as a federal judge’s order overturning the state’s ban on gay […]

Health insurance hacks raise data security concerns

Health insurance hacks raise data security concerns

Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. Encryption uses mathematical formulas to scramble data, converting sensitive details coveted by intruders into gibberish. Anthem, the […]

Less drinking, more drug use among drivers

Less drinking, more drug use among drivers

The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found. The report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the share of drivers who […]

In South Carolina, racism lives on a war memorial

In South Carolina, racism lives on a war memorial

Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: “white” and “colored.” Welborn Adams, Greenwood’s white Democratic-leaning mayor, believes the bronze plaques are relics of the South’s scarred past and should be changed in the spirit of equality, […]

Public support for gay marriage has caveats

Public support for gay marriage has caveats

While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from […]

Chokehold details sought

Chokehold details sought

Two months after a grand jury declined to press criminal charges in the police killing of an unarmed New York City man, a state judge must decide whether to disclose details of the secret proceedings. The New York Civil Liberties Union and other petitioners have gone to court on Staten Island to demand that Judge […]

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

President Barack Obama’s budget is relying on a series of familiar accounting tricks to show $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over a decade, an amount that would shrink by almost half if they were excluded. But so-called “pay-go” rules officially require tax cuts and new spending on the mandatory side of the ledger to be […]

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