Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

Reuters A Louisiana judge issued an order on Thursday blocking attempts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, finding that more than 5,000 low-income patients would lose access to healthcare including cancer screenings and gynecology exams. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a preliminary injunction that requires Louisiana to continue providing Medicaid funding to

Confederate-themed bar in Georgia closed after alleged racist drink incident

Confederate-themed bar in Georgia closed after alleged racist drink incident

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Is General Beauregard’s a lost cause? Two days after the Athens, Ga., bar was accused of having a version of a margarita called a “N—–ita” on its drink menu, the Confederate-themed bar has been temporarily closed. Bar owner Daniel Simmons told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that he was unsure whether he would reopen…

LAPD sergeant who detained ‘Django’ actress accused of violating ethics rules

LAPD sergeant who detained ‘Django’ actress accused of violating ethics rules

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A now-retired Los Angeles police sergeant who drew headlines last year after he detained a “Django Unchained” actress has been accused of violating city ethics rules by leaking an audio recording of the encounter to the media. In a highly unusual move, city ethics officials accuse Sgt. Jim Parker of violating two rules…

Florida father charged with negligence after 2-year-old boy shoots himself

Florida father charged with negligence after 2-year-old boy shoots himself

Newsweek

A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself on Thursday morning in Fort Myers, Florida, after his father left his gun within reach of the toddler. The child, who was not identified, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Gulf Coast Medical Center, the Fort Myers police department said in a statement. Rashunn Michael Hill Junior, the boy’s…

17 arrested in $32 million illegal sports betting ring

17 arrested in $32 million illegal sports betting ring

Newsweek

Seventeen people have been arrested this week in connection with an illegal sports gambling business booking over $32 million in bets annually, according to the district attorney of New York’s Queens County. The gambling ring allegedly worked with offshore websites and is accused of laundering money through a number of banks across the country. Authorities accuse…

Are guns welcome at Trump hotels? Depends on whom you ask

Are guns welcome at Trump hotels? Depends on whom you ask

Reuters For those wondering whether they can bring their guns with them to the Trump-branded hotels and golf courses that dot the United States’ classier corners, Donald Trump may have only added to their uncertainty during Wednesday’s Republican debate. The billionaire real-estate developer and presidential contender indicated he thought guns were not generally allowed, but

Koch group floods Colorado with cash to save conservatives who pushed right-wing AP history class

Koch group floods Colorado with cash to save conservatives who pushed right-wing AP history class

Travis Gettys The Koch brothers are getting involved in a local school board election in Colorado — where voters are considering whether to oust conservatives who replaced Advanced Placement history books with patriotic propaganda. Thousands of students walked out last year to protest changes to the history curriculum — which school board members say shifted

Pot-laced candy? The truth behind the bogus Halloween marijuana scare story

Pot-laced candy? The truth behind the bogus Halloween marijuana scare story

Scott Keyes, The Guardian One year ago around this time, Colorado was awash with warnings about a new mortal danger facing children: pot-laced Halloween candy. “Marijuana candy. Trick or treat?” a billboard on a major Denver thoroughfare warned. The ad by Smart Colorado, an advocacy organization dedicated to protecting youth from marijuana, asked, “Can you