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Gay Marriage Objections Considered By NC House Panel

NEWS | By Gary D. Robertson | Mar 5
Clergy and advocates differed Wednesday whether over judicial officials are obligated by law to carry out civil same-sex marriages in North Carolina even if they object to gay marriage due to their religious beliefs.

Fla. House Panel OKs Bill Restricting Public Restrooms to Birth Gender

NEWS | By Brendan Farrington | Mar 5
Transgender Floridians would have to use public bathrooms designated for their birth gender, unless they have a license or passport that proves they've completed their transition to their new sex under a bill that passed its first legislative committee.

David Geffen Gets Naming Rights to Lincoln Center Concert Hall

ENTERTAINMENT | By Bobby McGuire | Mar 5
Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building - long known as Avery Fisher Hall - will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September.

UK Report: Spy Agencies Should Seek Female Recruits Online

NEWS | By Jill Lawless | Mar 5
British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, are not doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.

Trial Over Hit Song 'Blurred Lines' Drawing to a Close

NEWS | By Anthony McCartney | Mar 5
Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

Book by Sen. Ted Cruz to be Published June 30

NEWS | By Hillel Italie | Mar 5
Sen. Ted Cruz's book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America," is coming out this summer.

Trial Over Hit Song 'Blurred Lines' Drawing to a Close

ENTERTAINMENT | By Anthony McCartney | Mar 5
Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

Bruce Willis to Star on Broadway in Play of King's 'Misery'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mark Kennedy | Mar 5
Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut this fall in a tale of torture and suspense - a stage adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Misery."

Experts: Clinton Email Practices Risked Data Disclosures

NEWS | By Stephen Braun | Mar 5
Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email address and private computer server for official State Department business heightened security risks to her communications, several information security experts said.

Fate of Obama Health Law Subsidies Rests With 2 Justices

NEWS | By Mark Sherman | Mar 5
The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.

US Finds Racist, Profit-Driven Practices in Ferguson

NEWS | By Jim Salter and Eric Tucker | Mar 5
A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb.

Jurors Hear Graphic Accounts of Boston Marathon Bombing

NEWS | By Denise Lavoie | Mar 5
It didn't take long for prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. They let victims do it for them.

Alabama Justices: Until High Court Rules, We're in Charge

NEWS | By Jay Reeves and Bil Barrow | Mar 5
The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance during the civil rights movement.

Singapore Court Fines Blogger for Comments on Gay Sex Cases

NEWS | Mar 5
A Singapore court fined a prominent dissident blogger on Wednesday for questioning the timing of two constitutional challenges to the city-state's ban on gay sex.

How Does a Hunchback Dance? Ask Chase Brock

ENTERTAINMENT | By Brian Scott Lipton | Mar 5
Chase Brock, the 32-year-old choreographic wunderkind has reached his own personal nirvana, as choreographer of Disney's new stage musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."


News

Legislators Demand Equal Footing for 2015 Women's World Cup

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | Mar 5
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand renewed their call for organizers of the 2015 International Association of Federation Football (FIFA) Women's World Cup to use real grass, not artificial turf.


Entertainment

Broadway In Boston Reveals its Lexus Broadway Season

THEATRE | By EDGE | Mar 5
Broadway In Boston revealed its 2015-2016 Lexus Broadway Season, which will feature eight theatrical productions, slated for the Boston Opera House and the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre.


Business

Second Los Angeles Hospital Reports 'Superbug' Infections

LEGAL | Mar 5
A second hospital in Los Angeles says several patients have been infected with a "superbug" tied to a medical scope similar to a recent outbreak at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.


Technology

Massive Tax Scam: Thieves Posing as IRS Agents

There's a new alert about a massive scam involving criminals posing as IRS agents. The people behind the scam are calling at least 10,000 Americans every week, and federal investigators say they are absolutely ruthless.


Finance

Samsung Ditches Design, Adds Mobile Pay to New Phone

SAVING | By Anick Jesdanun | Mar 3
Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.


Cars

Small SUVs, Pricey Sports Cars Dominate Geneva Auto Show

AUTO SHOWS | By David McHugh | Mar 4
Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much - thanks to cheaper gas and limits on battery life.


Style

Milan Fashion Week: Everything's Coming Up Tulips

FASHION | By Colleen Barry | Mar 5
The final day highlights of Armani and DSquared2 always make a rather odd pairing, representing in many ways the two poles of Milan fashion.


Health/Fitness

AVAC Calls For Large-Scale Rollout of PreP

HIV/AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Mar 4
AVAC has called for a global action plan including targets, resources and research agendas to accelerate access to daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with a particular focus on those hardest hit and most underserved.


Travel

Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through the Amazon

By Michael Liedtke | Mar 5
For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle.