• DONALD TRUMP Nov 25, 2019

    Trumps Signs Bill to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

    President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.” The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property. The legislation expands on a 2010 law...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Office called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to...

  • Associated Press Nov 18, 2019

    Census Counting of Prisoners Becomes Partisan Battleground

    When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners. For these predominantly black areas, with incarceration rates among the highest in the nation, the government’s longstanding policy to count inmates as residents of the prison where they are held diminishes their political power back home. “When...

  • Delaware Nov 15, 2019

    Venice Floods Prompt Italy's State of Emergency

    Venice is experiencing continuous high tide levels this week, which is jeopardizing many of the city’s iconic treasures.

  • United States Nov 7, 2019

    Study Finds LGBTQ Characters Hit Record High on Network TV

    “Pose” and “Batwoman” are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD.

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 6, 2019

    Congress Approves Bill Expanding Animal Cruelty Law

    Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act on Tuesday, two weeks...

  • Miami Nov 1, 2019

    How Much Are College Athletes' Names and Images Worth?

    How much are a college athlete’s name, image and likeness worth? And who would want to pay for them? The questions are front and center now that the NCAA, pressured by individual states that have started acting on their own, has taken a major step toward allowing athletes to make money off their fame. Deciding to reverse the prohibition on...

  • coach Oct 20, 2019

    Vt. High School Athletes Score With Equal Pay Push

    A girls’ high school varsity soccer team in Vermont is taking a page out of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s playbook, by mixing sports and social activism. “We want to show that we’re all going to stand behind this issue and we’re all going to fight for it together,” Burlington High School freshman Lydia Sheeser said of her team’s...

  • Los Angeles Oct 13, 2019

    California Governor Signs Fur Sale, Circus Animal Bans

    California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 3, 2019

    Trump Lets States, Cities Refuse Refugees for 1st Time in US

    When President Donald Trump dramatically slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., he also gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them for the first time in history. Last week’s move could further undermine a program that has seen an 80% drop in the number of refugees allowed in under Trump, who has pushed...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 30, 2019

    Trump Eyes Mental Institutions as Answer to Gun Violence

    When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of “building new facilities” for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. “We don’t have those institutions anymore and people can’t get proper care,” Trump lamented at a New Hampshire campaign rally not long after the latest...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 30, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Roll Back Rules for Methane, a Major Heat-Trapping Gas

    The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas’s outsize damage to the climate. The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump’s directions to remove “unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry,” Environmental Protection...

  • NBC Aug 6, 2019

    Scouting Abuse Group Files New Lawsuit Against BSA, Claims Hundreds of Incidents Are Undocumented

    A new lawsuit filed this week against the Boy Scouts of America claims to have uncovered hundreds of previously undisclosed cases of sexual abuse involving scout leaders that do not appear in the organization’s disciplinary files.

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 10, 2019

    Tom Steyer Launches 2020 Campaign After Saying He Wouldn't

    Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he’s joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run.

  • United States Jun 3, 2019

    Transgender Asylum Seeker Dies After Six Weeks in ICE Custody

    A transgender woman from El Salvador seeking asylum in the U.S. died on Saturday in a Texas hospital four days after being released from custody, officials and advocates said. Johana Medina Leon, 25, complained of chest pains and was brought to Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. That same day, ICE...

  • DONALD TRUMP May 31, 2019

    Docs Show Census Changed to Give Republicans Edge: Lawyers

    A Republican redistricting expert advocated for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give an electoral edge to white people and Republicans, opponents of the move alleged in a court filing Thursday. The filing in Manhattan federal court said a trove of newly discovered documents revealed that Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican gerrymandering guru, played a key role...

  • New York May 24, 2019

    Virtual Reality Helps Police Better Interact With People Who Have Autism

    An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He’s followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called. Officers arrive, their patrol car’s lights flashing and sirens blaring, to find the man in the parking lot, yelling and not responding to their commands. They...

  • San Diego County May 13, 2019

    Encinitas Bike Riders Get Free Safety Gear Ahead of Bike to Work Day

    Cyclists and drivers in Encinitas should be able to see each other a lot better. With the help of tax dollars, dozens of bike safety lights were handed out at the Leucadia Farmers Market on Sunday. While it may seem like a small improvement, it’s helping a lot of families feel safer.

  • New Jersey May 12, 2019

    Activists Give Jailed Moms a Mother's Day Gift: Bail

    Paz Lopez was set to spend Mother’s Day behind bars. The 42-year-old mother of six had been locked up in a Phoenix jail for the past month on forgery and other charges. She couldn’t post her $2,050 bail. But on Thursday night she walked out and into a car waiting to give her a ride home, thanks to a drive...

  • California Apr 24, 2019

    Supreme Court Split on Citizenship Question for 2020 Census

    The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There was a divide between the court’s liberal and conservative justices during arguments in the case that could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives, as well as their share of federal funds for the next...

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