An organization that claims a statewide teaching plan will instill a “a non-theistic religious Worldview” in Kansas public school students has taken its fight to an appeals court.
Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the organization’s lawsuit that seeks to stop the 2013 plan.
The group contends the plan violates the religious rights of students, parents and taxpayers and is unconstitutional.
A new 64-page COPE filing at the Denver-based court contends that a judge in Kansas City, Kan., erred in December by throwing out the organization’s lawsuit.
A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding, officials said.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
“My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination,” Ferguson said. “I’m pleased that today’s ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.”
James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi under federal protection a half century ago, says it’s a shame that state authorities deferred to the federal government to bring charges after a noose was left on a campus statue of him.
The Justice Department said Friday that a former Ole Miss student, Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students because of their race or color.
When the two show-runners of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” confirmed over the weekend that they expect the forthcoming fifth season to catch up to the book series on which it is based, fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” were confronted with a dilemma. If they preferred to experience the author’s version of the story first, should they abstain from watching the TV series entirely? Would that even work? After all, you probably know how “The Sopranos” ended even if you never watched an episode. Between the Internet, print media and old-fashioned water-cooler conversation, it’s awfully difficult to avoid being spoiled today.
Fans have long been aware that show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff know how Martin plans to end his epic fantasy series, even though the publication date of the penultimate volume, “The Winds of Winter,” has yet to be announced. Given the amount of time it takes Martin to produce each of the series’ hefty, complex installments, the release date of the seventh and final book, “A Dream of Spring,” is even more uncertain. Martin has a stormy history with fans who feel he takes too long to write each book and who loudly protest every moment he spends on any other activity, from unrelated writing and editing projects to socializing.
On Friday, Slack, the communications startup, said it had been breached by hackers. That made it the second young company to step forward this week - following Twitch, the hugely popular video streaming service - and disclose it was hacked.
The breaches at the two companies were not as severe as recent attacks at major retailers like Home Depot, or at banks like JPMorgan Chase, but they underscore how young companies are just as much of a target.
Breaches are becoming a kind of rite of passage for fledgling tech companies. If they gain enough momentum with users, chances are they will also become a target for hackers looking to steal, and monetize, the vast personal information they store on users, like email addresses and passwords. Such data can fetch as much or in some cases more on the black market than a credit card number.
A bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act breezed through the Arkansas Senate on Friday over the objections of opponents who warned that it would lead to discrimination against gays and hurt efforts to attract high-tech industry to Arkansas.
In a 24-7 vote after a nine-minute debate, the Senate approved House Bill 1228 by Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville. It now goes to the House so representatives can sign off on the amended version.
Two senators who supported the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, enabling it to pass 5-3, switched their votes once it reached the full Senate.
Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, state television reported on Saturday.
“The Saudi Royal Navy implemented an operation called Hurricane to evacuate dozens of diplomats, including Saudis, from Aden,” a news ticker on the state news broadcaster Al Ekhbariya TV said.
It added that the diplomats had arrived safely at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port of Jeddah.
Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP’s goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
Working into Friday’s pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday. Both budgets embody a conservative vision of shrinking projected federal deficits by more than $5 trillion over the coming decade, mostly by cutting health care and other benefit programs and without raising taxes.
The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress’ two GOP-run chambers to negotiate a compromise budget in mid-April. The legislation is a non-binding blueprint that does not require Obama’s signature but lays the groundwork for future bills that seem destined for veto fights with the president.
The jury in Ellen Pao’s sex discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers had to find that Pao’s gender was the reason she didn’t ascend to the rarefied club of general partners at the vaunted venture capital firm.
They had to believe that the slights Pao experienced, the odd conversation about porn stars on a private jet and the boards she was left off, had a cumulative effect; that she couldn’t get ahead no matter what, because she is a woman.
They had to ignore her performance reviews, criticizing her for conflicts with other partners.
But they did not, on Friday, delivering a sweeping legal victory to Kleiner, and leaving Pao without the millions she sought.
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