Texas city adopts disputed gay rights measure

07 September 2013
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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, over the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives who packed a City Council hearing and occasionally shamed supporters for comparing the issue to the civil rights movement. The 8-3 City Council vote in favor of the ordinance was a victory for gay rights advocates and for Democratic Mayor Julian Castro, a top surrogate of President Barack Obama. Castro has called the ordinance overdue in the nation’s seventh-largest city, where there is...

Mixed emotions from NFL players on settlement

03 September 2013
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NEW YORK – The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands of people. Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries. The deal announced Thursday to settle 4,500 or so claims is awaiting approval by a federal judge in Philadelphia. “$765 million?” asked former Minnesota Viking Brent Boyd, one of the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “The...

Gay rights activists plan to meet Obama in Russia

03 September 2013
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MOSCOW – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia. Obama and his administration have voiced concern over a law recently passed by Russia’s parliament that targets “homosexual propaganda.” Igor Kochetkov of LGBT Network told The Associated Press that his organization will accept the invitation to meet with Obama in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The St. Petersburg-based advocacy group Coming Out said it also was...

India says 1 woman killed every hour over dowry

03 September 2013
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NEW DELHI – One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country’s economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women’s rights activists said Tuesday. The National Crime Records Bureau says 8,233 women were killed across India last year because of disputes over dowry payments given by the bride’s family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage. The conviction rate in dowry-related crimes remained a low 32 percent, according to statistics the bureau published last week. Indian law...

Clinic to offer ‘Breaking Bad’ free rehab

03 September 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque mental health clinic is using hit show “Breaking Bad” and its methamphetamine trafficking theme to help fight addiction. KRQE-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/1dw86ZF) that Sage Neuroscience Center has partnered with HealthShire.com to give away two addiction-treatment scholarships at the end of the AMC television series. The “Breaking Addiction” awards are open to residents in the Albuquerque area over 18 who cannot afford treatment. Applicants have to submit their story of addiction, which will be compiled into a...

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