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Federal Judge Rules Again That Gay Couples Have Right to Wed in Alabama

Source: Associated Press

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

Thu May 21, 2015 11:50pm EDT

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples.

In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses. Attorneys on behalf of same-sex couples later sought a ruling from Granade to formally define as a plaintiff class all same-sex couples seeking to legally wed in the state.

Granade on Thursday granted that request and reaffirmed her earlier decision, even as she acknowledged that probate judges will be faced with either complying with a direction from the Alabama Supreme Court or complying with her own order.

"However, the choice should be simple," Granade wrote in her 14-page opinion. "Under the Supremacy Clause (of the U.S. Constitution), the laws of the United States are 'the supreme Law of the Land.'"

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0O707S20150522

President Obama in Intro to Letterman's Final Show

David Letterman's Final Late Show Entrance

That Was a Fantastic Final Montage on Letterman's Last Show Last Night (VIDEO)

A bit like being whipped through my adulthood memories.

Breaking: North Korea Claims It Has Miniaturized Nuclear Weapons - YonhapNews

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: North Korea claims it has miniaturized nuclear weapons - @YonhapNews


Read more: https://www.twitter.com/BreakingNews/status/600907950992007168

BREAKING: Obama Bans Some Military-Style Equipment Provided to Police Through Federal Program

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Obama bans some military-style equipment provided to local police through federal programs


Obama bans some military-style equipment provided to police

MAY. 18, 2015 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) In a surprise announcement coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement.

The announcement comes after the White House suggested last year that Obama would maintain programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to respond to demonstrators last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, because of their broader contribution to public safety. But an interagency group found "substantial risk of misusing or overusing" items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms and camouflage could undermine trust in police.

With scrutiny on police only increasing in the ensuing months after a series of highly publicized deaths of black suspects nationwide, Obama also is unveiling the final report of a task force he created to help build confidence between police and minority communities in particular. The announcements come as Obama is visiting Camden, New Jersey, one of the country's most violent and poorest cities.

Obama plans to visit Camden police headquarters before heading to a community center to meet with youth and law enforcement and give a speech. "I'll highlight steps all cities can take to maintain trust between the brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line, and the communities they're sworn to serve and protect," Obama said in his weekly address out Saturday.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/10785eac6d3e4c26a1baed8f0d796b48/obama-bans-some-military-style-equipment-provided-police

Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi to Death Over 2011 Mass Prison Break

Source: Associated Press / BBC News

@AP: BREAKING: Egyptian court also sentences Morsi to death over 2011 mass prison break


Mohammed Morsi: Egypt's ex-leader sentenced to death
9 minutes ago

from the section Middle East

An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi to death over a mass prison break in 2011.

The former leader has already been sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his time in power.

Morsi was deposed by the military in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule.
Since then, the authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood movement and arrested thousands of his supporters.

All death sentences must first be sent to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious authority, for his opinion on whether they should stand.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32763215

Court Orders Immediate Release of 85-Year-Old Nun, Fellow Anti-Nuclear Activists

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Attorney: Court orders immediate release of 85-year-old nun, fellow anti-nuclear activists.


Attorney: Court orders release of anti-nuclear nun, two others

By Tribune wire reports

A federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker, their attorney said

The order came after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week overturned the 2013 sabotage convictions of Sister Megan Rice, 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and ordered resentencing on their remaining conviction for injuring government property. The activists have spent two years in prison, and the court said they likely already have served more time than they will receive for the lesser charge.

On Thursday, their attorneys petitioned the court for an emergency release, saying that resentencing would take weeks if normal court procedures were followed. Prosecutors on Friday afternoon responded that they would not oppose the release, if certain conditions were met.

After the close of business on Friday, attorney Bill Quigley said the court had ordered the activists' immediate release. He said he was working to get them out of prison and was hopeful they could be released overnight or on the weekend.

"We would expect the Bureau of Prisons to follow the order of the court and release them as soon as possible," he said.

Rice, Walli and Boertje-Obed are part of a loose network of activists opposed to the spread of nuclear weapons. To further their cause, in July 2012, they cut through several fences to reach the most secure area of the Y-12 complex. Before they were arrested, they spent two hours outside a bunker that stores much of the nation's bomb-grade uranium, hanging banners, praying and spray-painting slogans.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-anti-nuclear-nun-ordered-freed-20150515-story.html

Dear Jeb Bush,


Most Sincerely,

Pretty Much Everybody Including Iraq War Orphans and Brain-Injury Victims, Lives Saved By Obamacare, Children of Florida, Anyone Who Understands Science, and the Non-Obliviously Privileged.

CBS News: 40 Percent of U.S. Bee Colonies Died in Past Year


40 percent of U.S. bee colonies died in past year

40 percent of U.S. bee colonies died in past year
May 13, 2015 12:09 PM EDT

Sean Gallup, Getty Images
It just keeps getting worse for commercial beekeepers.

Starting in 2006, they have watched as the rates of dead bees almost tripled due to a condition called colony collapse disorder or CCD. And with the latest data, it appears the trend is not getting any better.

A nationwide survey this week found that beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies between April 2014 to April 2015. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to a year earlier, summer losses were more severe and enough to increase the annual losses, which were the second-highest in the last nine years.

"We traditionally thought of winter losses as a more important indicator of health, because surviving the cold winter months is a crucial test for any bee colony," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the Bee Informed Partnership survey. "But we now know that summer loss rates are significant too. This is especially so for commercial beekeepers, who are now losing more colonies in the summertime compared to the winter. Years ago, this was unheard of."

The survey, which asks both commercial and small-scale beekeepers to track the health and survival rates of their honeybee colonies, is conducted each year by the partnership in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It featured 6,000 beekeepers from all 50 states.

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