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In lawsuit, transgender man charges loan company he worked for wanted him to behave like a woman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:36 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 21-year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi-based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like man.

Tristan Broussard filed suit on Monday against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi.

Oklahoma governor signs measure banning abortion procedure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:27 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed the legislation Monday after it was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate.

The abortion measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester.

Sen. Menendez returns to Senate routine after indictment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:16 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez is taking a business-as-usual approach as he returns to Congress for the first time since his April 1 indictment on federal corruption charges.

The New Jersey Democrat voted on a routine judicial nomination Monday as Congress ended a two-week break. He chatted amiably with colleagues and staffers. Several senators shook his hand and patted his shoulder.

Prosecutors say Menendez used his office to help a wealthy friend who has given him gifts and campaign donations.

Obama threatens to veto 2 bills targeting Wall Street rules

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:09 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is threatening to veto two bills that the White House says would undermine the Dodd-Frank financial reforms put in place after the economic crash. Both of the bills affect housing.

One of the bills would exempt some borrowing fees from an existing law aimed at protecting consumers. The second bill would undo a provision in Dodd-Frank that categorized some loans for mobile homes as high-cost, triggering additional protections to make sure borrowers can afford them.

Amendment curbs bolster momentum for Medicare doctors bill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Curbs on amendments and a desire to resolve an issue that has long plagued lawmakers is adding momentum to Senate leaders' push toward final congressional approval of legislation reshaping how Medicare reimburses doctors.

Sen. Jeff Sessions said Monday that he and other conservative senators want to amend the Medicare legislation to force Congress to eventually find a way to pay for the entire bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the measure would drive up federal deficits by $141 billion over the coming decade.

Former US envoy for NKorea nominated to post in Thailand

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a former U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, as ambassador to Thailand.

The White House announced the nomination Monday. The Senate has to approve Davies' appointment, which comes amid strains in the U.S.-Thai alliance.

Washington suspended military aid to Thailand in response to a coup against an elected government last May. The military-dominated government has cracked down on dissent and political opponents, and it remains unclear when civilian rule will be restored.

Sheriff: Probe of stolen Kentucky bourbon expands

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky sheriff looking into the theft of barrels filled with Wild Turkey bourbon says the case involves significantly more stolen bourbon than previously thought and will eventually result in multiple indictments.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says investigators uncovered a new "major development" Monday that will delay presenting the case to the grand jury in Frankfort. Melton canceled a press conference set for Tuesday after the new development and wouldn't talk about it.

West Coast sardine collapse leads to fishing closure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:13 PM

Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years.

Meeting outside Santa Rosa, California, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Sunday to close the season starting July 1.

Funeral set for Census Bureau guard killed in crime spree

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:09 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Census Bureau guard killed in a crime spree last week will be laid to rest Friday.

Lawrence Buckner was shot outside the Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland. The 58-year-old is survived by his wife of 36 years, a son, four grandchildren and a large extended family.

The funeral is at noon Friday at Little Zion Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:06 PM

The officer who shot an unarmed black man during a South Carolina traffic stop says he fired in self-defense after a struggle over his stun gun.

Officer Michael Slager was charged with murder and fired after a video challenged his version. But the case points to a paradox in policing: Stun guns were meant to help police avoid using lethal force, but sometimes they become part of the problem.

The Associated Press found a half-dozen other fatal police shootings of black men involving stun guns recently.

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