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California AG may be forced to place bill allowing execution of gays on ballot

gay execution law on ballotCalifornia State Attorney Kamala Harris may be forced to let petitioners decide if gay people should be executed for having sexual relations.

Because Matt McLaughlin, a licensed attorney in Huntington Beach, did everything right by state standards in proposing the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” Harris will likely follow state law and allow a ballot measure to be circulated.


'Breathtaking' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

solar eclipseMillions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years.

A great swathe of the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun.

From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, a BBC camera crew captured startling footage of the event reaching totality at 09:41 GMT.


Yemen crisis: More than 100 die in attacks on Sanaa mosques

Yemen mosque bombingSuicide bombers have attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 126 people and wounding many others, reports say.

Worshippers were attending noon prayers at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques when at least four attackers struck.  The mosques are used mainly by supporters of the Zaidi Shia-led Houthi rebel movement, which controls Sanaa.


WV Gov. Tomblin vetoes bill eliminating need for concealed carry permits

ear Ray TomblinGov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed Senate Bill 347, creating the Firearms Act of 2015.  The bill would have allowed someone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Tomblin cited his concerns for the public safety of law enforcement officers.

“Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association,” Tomblin said in a news release about his decision.


U.S. to set fracking standards on federal land

Fracking on federal landThe Obama administration on Friday is due to unveil rules for oil companies that frack on federal land, included beefed-up safety measures, but won't likely require strict oversight as environmental groups want, according to sources.

The standards have been in the works for more than three years and gone through several drafts with environmentalists and the energy industry fighting over its scope.


Exonerated Ohio man awarded $1 million after 39 years in prison

Ohio man enorated, paid $1mRicky Jackson, who spent some 39 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, was awarded more than $1 million by an Ohio court Thursday.

Jackson, 59, was the longest-serving prisoner to be exonerated in the United States. He was one of three men sentenced to death row after his 1975 murder conviction in the slaying of a Cleveland businessman. Prosecutors at the time relied heavily on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy for the conviction. Eddie Vernon waited nearly four decades to recant his accusations.

Jackson, who was not at the court hearing when the judge announced the award, told a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter he was thrilled.


Black man's body found hanging from a tree in Mississippi

Mississippi man found hanged

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.

The man, who authorities did not identify, was found in a wooded area in Claiborne County in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack in a statement.

The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney's office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved.


Bloody arrest of black student leads to investigation

Bloodied U of Va. studentThe governor of Virginia has ordered the Virginia State Police to investigate the bloody arrest of a black third-year student at the University of Virginia by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

Martese Johnson, 20, a member of the Honor Committee at the Charlottesville school, was arrested around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday and charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice, according to student newspaper The Cavalier Daily and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.


Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Smallest Winter Size in 35-Year Record

Arctic Sea Ice ShrinksArctic sea ice covered the smallest extent of ocean on record this winter, losing an area of ice bigger than Mississippi.

At its maximum, sea ice covered 14.54 million square kilometers (5.61 million square miles) of the northern oceans on Feb. 25, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder said Thursday in a statement. That’s 130,000 kilometers less than the previous smallest winter maximum in 2011.


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