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Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding

Obama asks for Zika fundsPresident Obama will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus through mosquito control programs, vaccine research, education and improving health care for low-income pregnant women, the White House said Monday.

The proposal also includes $355 million in foreign aid to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, where the Zika virus is spreading most rapidly. The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency last week, warning that the mosquito-borne virus is strongly suspected as the cause of a cluster of cases of microcephaly, a neurological disorder that afflicts the babies of pregnant women with the virus.

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Record numbers renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2015

citizenshipA record number of people, some U.S. citizens and some green card holders, renounced their citizenship or gave up their green cards in 2015, the Treasury Department said.

For the third consecutive year, the number of people giving up their citizenship or green card has topped the previous year. Last year, it was 4,279 people, and it's most likely due to newer, more strict tax policies.

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Hijab-wearing professor to leave Christian college

Hijab-wearing Professor leaves Christian collegeA professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night.

Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing in five days to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton.

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NY Gov. Cuomo announces regulations to prevent gay 'conversion therapy'

Andrew CuomoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced regulations to prevent "conversion therapy," a practice aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, in the Empire State.

Conversion therapy aims to transform gays and lesbians into heterosexuals. It has been denounced by several leading medical groups, including the American Psychological Association, which says efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have "serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder."

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Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Sen. Todd Weiler of UtahUtahns castigated the adult entertainment industry in a legislative hearing Friday on a proposed resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Jenny Brown, a member of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography board, said many are scared of the industry because of the "fierce" way it goes after people in court. Brown said it's time for children's rights to be acknowledged and that no one has a right to harm another person.

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Six slain in a 'bloody mess' in Chicago home

6 dead in Chicago homePolice said Friday there were no signs of forced entry into a home where six people were found slain a day earlier in what one officer on the scene called a "bloody mess."

Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said the victims, who investigators believe are from the same family, died of blunt trauma, but did not detail the manner of death.

One of the first officers to arrive at the brick bungalow on the city's Southwest Side said at least one of the victims appeared to be stabbed to death and described a gruesome crime scene, according to a recording of police radio traffic of the incident.

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Indictment Details Charges Against Ammon Bundy, Other Militants

Ammon Bundy indictmentThe federal indictment of Ammon Bundy and 15 other militants accuses them of conspiracy and using threats and intimidation to maintain their occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as well as trying to coerce the local population.

For the past week, only four militants have remained at the refuge near Burns, Ore. At least 11 militants, including Bundy and his brother, Ryan, are being held without bail; another militant, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in last Tuesday's arrest operation.

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