A Texas-based LGBT advocacy helped spark a grammar debate this week over whether an errant comma in the stridently anti-homosexual Republican Party of Texas platform can be read as saying the majority of Texans are gay. Lone Star Q, which describes itself as the state's No. 1 source for LGBT news, asked on Twitter on Wednesday to have a "grammar debate" over the wording. In response, grammarians pointed out that placement of the final comma in the plank could lead to understanding it to mean that homosexuality is a chosen behavior shared by the majority of Texans.
DENVER (AP) — A $375 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver hurt their health and devalued their property.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shouts of "shame, shame, shame" erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. The measure, an amendment to a veterans and military construction spending bill introduced by New York Democrat Sean Maloney, initially had enough "yes" votes to pass, according to the count in the House chamber. All 183 Democrats who voted backed the amendment, joined by 29 Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.
The union representing Los Angeles police officers filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing Police Chief Charlie Beck of exerting undue influence over a panel that hands down discipline to officers in the nation's second-largest city. The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeks a court order to alter the Los Angeles Police Department's three-person Board of Rights, which hears dozens of cases a year and imposes penalties up to termination. With the captains answering to Beck, the chief and his top commanders can pressure for stiffer penalties than officers deserve, according to the lawsuit, a situation described as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills that were approved.
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital.