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Backers of religious beliefs, gay rights clash in court case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 03:16 AM

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a gay couple told the Colorado Court of Appeals he shouldn't be forced to change course because doing so would violate his religious beliefs.

Attorneys for the gay couple countered Tuesday that religious exemptions for businesses would facilitate future discrimination.

California right-to-die bill struggling ahead of key vote

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 03:15 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling for support ahead of a legislative vote.

The Catholic Church and other religious groups are mobilizing against the right-to-die legislation ahead of a hearing Tuesday in the Assembly Health Committee.

The bill's authors already postponed the vote because they didn't have enough support for it from fellow Democrats.

Senate, House look to update Bush-era education law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 03:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.

This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally resolve a key question they have struggled with for years: how much of a role should the federal government have in ensuring a quality education for children, poor and affluent alike.

Southwest Airlines: Blown tire forces return to airport

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 02:31 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Southwest Airlines says one of its flights returned to the Phoenix airport shortly after takeoff because of a blown tire on the aircraft.

The airline says none of the 143 passengers and five crew members was injured.

Flight 211 was headed to San Francisco after taking off from Sky Harbor Airport Monday night.

The airline says that the aircraft quickly returned to the airport and landed safely.

The passengers were taking a different aircraft to their destination.

Second body found in river 3 days after boat capsized

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 02:29 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A woman's body has been pulled from the Ohio River, and authorities are waiting for the coroner to determine whether it is one of three who went missing when their boat capsized nine miles upstream.

Two died in the Saturday night boat wreck. A man, a woman and a child remained missing as rescuers scoured the river for days.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold says the body of 37-year-old Danal Swinney was found late Monday. He had drowned.

Buffalo mayor signs bill renaming Squaw Island

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 02:03 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Seneca Indian Nation joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as he signed a bill changing the name of Squaw Island.

The island park in the Niagara River is now called Unity Island.

Monday's bill signing followed a vote by the Common Council last month to change the 336-year-old name following complaints that it was offensive to Native American women.

Chinese families of Yale students grow a garden, tradition

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 01:45 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University has been transformed into a garden by the extended families of graduate and professional students from China.

The people tending to the trellis-filled garden are mostly grandparents who have come to the U.S. to look after grandchildren as their own children cultivate careers at the Ivy League school.

The battle for control of the human breast milk industry

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 01:28 AM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Human breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry.

It's one that some states are now seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units.

Mothers have long had far from a monolithic view on the question of milk banking.

What's changing is the availability of more options as the industry matures.

Drew Peterson's murder-for-hire trial again delayed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 01:22 AM

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A judge has delayed Drew Peterson's murder-for-hire trial.

The former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trying to hire a fellow prison inmate to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his ex-wife's death.

Peterson was scheduled for trial next month, but the judge agreed Tuesday to delay the trial until Nov. 13 to give both sides more time to prepare.

Peterson's attorneys want to hire an expert witness to review taped conversations between Peterson and a prison informant.

Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 01:15 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for women pursuing criminal and civil cases against Bill Cosby say his admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster their claims.

Court documents unsealed Monday show that Cosby says he gave a 19-year-old woman the sedative before they had sex in the 1970s. She is one of three women now suing him for defamation.

The defamation suit accuses Cosby of branding them liars when his representatives denied their accusations of being drugged and sexually assaulted.

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