Utah judge reverses decision to remove baby from lesbian foster parents

Utah judge reverses decision to remove baby from lesbian foster parents

Newsweek

A Utah judge on Friday reversed his decision forcing two lesbian parents in Utah to give up their foster daughter, after facing widespread criticism. Court officials on Friday released an order signed by Judge Scott Johansen that will allow April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce to keep the 1-year-old. Heterosexual couples, Johansen ruled earlier this week, are…

Ben Carson stands by shady business associate and ‘best friend’ who pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud

Ben Carson stands by shady business associate and ‘best friend’ who pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud

Tom McCarthy, The Guardian Ben Carson is continuing to stand by his business associate and “best friend” Alfonso Costa following revelations that Costa pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to healthcare fraud. Costa, a former dentist from Pittsburgh, is a self-employed real estate speculator with properties in Pennsylvania, New York City, Florida and elsewhere.

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,

ISIS supporter tweets: ‘We will humiliate you, oh pigs of France’

ISIS supporter tweets: ‘We will humiliate you, oh pigs of France’

International Business Times

‘We Will Humiliate You, Oh Pigs Of France’

BEIRUT— As France reeled from the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, and as people around the globe took to social media to express their horror and dismay, one slice of social media in the Arab world celebrated the carnage as an historic triumph. “Remember the 14th of November Paris,” one ISIS supporter declared on…

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

‘I thought this was the end’: Witness recounts scene at Paris Cambodian noodle shop Le Petit Cambodge

‘I thought this was the end’: Witness recounts scene at Paris Cambodian noodle shop Le Petit Cambodge

International Business Times

The first sign that a seemingly ordinary November night in Paris was about to descend into tragedy emerged around 9 o’clock local time, with word that a shootout was unfolding at a crowded Cambodian noodle shop in the 10th Arrondissement, a trendy neighborhood popular with young people and tourists. The Friday evening was packed with the…

German officials investigating arrested man over Paris attacks

German officials investigating arrested man over Paris attacks

International Business Times

German police officials are investigating if a man, arrested with firearms in the southern region of Bavaria last week, is linked to Friday’s Paris attacks that killed 127 people. The six attacks, including one in Bataclan concert hall that killed 80 people, led to the French borders being closed and other countries beefing up their security…