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Indy Star Blasts Gov. Mike Pence Over 'Religious Freedom' Law: 'Fix This Now'

Kelly Chen | March 31, 2015 | Media
The Indianapolis Star is holding Gov. Mike Pence (R) accountable for the state's controversial "religious freedom" law. It's this important. Tuesday's front page. #rfra”— Karen Ferguson (@karenferguson33) March 31, 2015 On Thursday, Pence signed the Religious Freedom...

American Pharmacists Association Discourages Members From Providing Lethal Injection Drugs

Kim Bellware | March 31, 2015 | Politics
The American Pharmacists Association, a major professional organization of pharmacists, adopted a policy Monday discouraging its 62,000 members from providing drugs for executions. On the final day of the group's annual meeting in San Diego, its governing body approved a policy declaring that...

Cablevision To Make $1 Offer For New York Daily News: Report

Jade Walker | March 31, 2015 | Media
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U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Surfer Mark Healey Jumps Off Boat And Into A Monster Wave

Ed Mazza | March 31, 2015 | Sports
Surfer Mark Healey has seen his share of hairy moments in the water, but not many will top this one. While out on a boat in the rough waters of the famed Mavericks surf spot in California's Half Moon Bay, Healey spotted a big wave...

Why Defining Personal Success is a Crucial First Step When Starting A New Business

Mallory Moyer | March 31, 2015 | Business
At Nashville’s Belmont University, entrepreneurship majors are tasked with creating a promising business plan as their final project before graduation -- which is how Jason Duncan devised the blueprint for his now-successful small business. Along with his wife, Jenni, Duncan opened Café Evoke, a coffee bar and mobile...

Iraqi Militiamen Plan To Travel To Yemen To Battle U.S.-Backed Coalition

Sophia Jones | March 30, 2015 | World
BAGHDAD -- Iran-backed Shiite militiamen in Iraq say they're ready to take up arms in a country most of them have never been to: Yemen. “We defeated ISIS in Syria, we’re defeating ISIS in Iraq, and we’ll defeat them in Yemen,” Abu Kumael, a volunteer fighter with the powerful Iran-supported...

Rahm Emanuel Wants To Capitalize On Controversy In Neighboring Indiana

Sam Levine | March 30, 2015 | Politics
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) isn't letting the crisis in neighboring Indiana over a controversial religious freedom law go to waste. Emanuel, who faces re-election next week, has urged about a dozen Indiana businesses to move to Chicago as many have publicly expressed their concern that the law...

Mike Pence Says Indiana's Religious Freedom Law 'Simply Mirrors' Federal Statute

Sam Levine | March 31, 2015 | Politics
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) defended his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal Monday evening, saying it's "not a license to discriminate." Instead, Pence wrote in the op-ed, the law "simply mirrors" federal legislation signed by former...

Gonzo And The Muppets Do Digital Underground's 'Humpty Dance' In New Mashup Video

Ed Mazza | March 30, 2015 | Comedy
All right, stop whatcha doin' because the latest Muppets mashup video is here and it features Gonzo taking on Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance." Gonzo, of course, plays the role of Shock G, which is fitting since the rapper is known to don an unusual artificial...

Prosecutors Oppose Moving Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

Michael McLaughlin | March 30, 2015 | Crime
By Keith Coffman DENVER, March 30 (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado cinema massacre case oppose a request by lawyers defending gunman James Holmes to move his trial out of the county where he fatally shot 12 moviegoers in 2012, a court filing showed on Monday. Defense lawyers initially sought...

Study Reveals Shocking Effect Of Poverty On Children's Brain Development

Carolyn Gregoire | March 31, 2015 | Science
We've long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to academic achievement. Now, scientists have found what may be part of the explanation: Children who grow up in higher-income families appear to have larger...

Washington State To Boycott Indiana Over LGBT Discrimination Law

Mollie Reilly | March 30, 2015 | Politics
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced Monday that he would ban state-funded travel to Indiana, where a controversial new law could allow businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian individuals for religious reasons. “I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and...

UC-Berkeley Soccer Player Killed By Car On Highway After Leaving Party

Tyler Kingkade | March 30, 2015 | College
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday. The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi (eh-loy) Vasquez, died early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 10 about a mile...

Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Into Law

Mollie Reilly | March 31, 2015 | Politics
PHOENIX, March 30 (Reuters) - Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, said on Monday he has signed into law a controversial measure blocking women from buying insurance that includes abortion coverage through the federal healthcare exchange. The fiercely debated bill also requires doctors to tell women they could possibly reverse the...

U.S. To Commit To 28 Percent Emissions Cut As Contribution To Climate Treaty

Mollie Reilly | March 30, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment...

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Rise To Defend Indiana Law That Many See As Anti-Gay

Igor Bobic | March 31, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up in defense of Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law, which critics warn will open the door to legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals by businesses in the state. “I think Gov. [Mike] Pence has done the right thing,” former...

Glenn Ford, Wrongfully Convicted And Dying Of Cancer, Denied Restitution For 30 Years On Death Row

Kim Bellware | March 30, 2015 | Crime
Glenn Ford was imprisoned nearly half his life for a murder he didn't commit. Now, the 65-year-old has been denied restitution for his nearly 30 years on Louisiana's death row. Caddo Parish District Judge Katherine Dorroh on Friday denied Ford compensation, saying that while Ford did not commit the...

House Would Have To Work 5 Days A Week Under Democrat's Proposal

Lydia O'Connor | March 30, 2015 | Politics
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives may have to start working five-day weeks if a resolution introduced last Thursday passes. The resolution's author, Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), argues that the House's workweek should run as long as most constituents' workweeks. Typically, the House sits from

Report Finds Honolulu VA Supervisor Manipulated Veterans' Data

James Cave | March 30, 2015 | World
HONOLULU (AP) — A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General. The data manipulation happened last year when...

Chris Christie Embraces 20-Week Abortion Ban

Laura Bassett | March 30, 2015 | Politics
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday joined other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in endorsing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “I am proud to be a pro-life Republican," Christie said in a statement to the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List,...