Missouri governor appoints African-American board member at Mizzou amid protests over racial equality

Reuters Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has named a black Federal Reserve Bank executive to the Board of Curators at the University of Missouri, as students across the country protested in the name of equal rights for minorities on college campuses. On Friday Nixon said Yvonne Sparks, an assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve

Arizona Christian university grants benefits to employees in same-sex marriages

Arizona Christian university grants benefits to employees in same-sex marriages

Reuters A large, private Christian university in Arizona has decided to extend full spousal benefits to the married partners of its gay and lesbian employees despite continued adherence to religious principles reserving marriage solely for heterosexual couples. Grand Canyon University officials said on Friday the benefits will now be extended to same-sex couples throughout the

George Takei calls for compassion after Paris attacks: ‘We must resist the urge to dehumanize’

George Takei calls for compassion after Paris attacks: ‘We must resist the urge to dehumanize’

Arturo Garcia Actor and social activist George Takei encouraged Americans not to turn the terrorist attacks against Paris on Friday into an excuse for racist behavior. “We must resist the urge to categorize and dehumanize, for it is that very impulse that fueled the insanity and violence perpetrated this evening,” Takei wrote on his Facebook

Small tsunamis reported after 7.0-magnitude earthquake shakes Japanese coast

Small tsunamis reported after 7.0-magnitude earthquake shakes Japanese coast

Agence France-Presse A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Japan early Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with Japanese authorities reporting several small tsunamis on at least two islands. The USGS put the epicentre of the shallow quake about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the town of Makurazaki in southwest Japan,