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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.


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.


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.


Protesters demand SF address homelessness amid Super Bowl hype

Homeless protest displacement for Super BowlProtesters stood in sharp contrast to the festivities taking place at Super Bowl City on Wednesday as they took to the streets to bring attention to the plight of homelessness in San Francisco.

Organizers and supporters met at the San Francisco Ferry Building, where they chanted, performed songs and held signs with messages like, “Hey Mayor Lee, no penalties for poverty.”

More than 80 helmet-donning police stood facing the equally large crowd of protesters.


What’s Happened With The Oregon Occupation Since You Stopped Paying Attention

Oregon standoffA little over a month ago, armed ranchers rolled into a small Oregon town of Burns and began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife preserve. Initial coverage of the illegal occupation was feverish, but since then most of the media has moved on to newer, flashier items. In Oregon, however, the occupation is still dragging on.

Eleven people, including leader Ammon Bundy, are now in custody. Four people remain entrenched at the refuge and are refusing to leave until they are promised by the FBI negotiator that they will not be prosecuted.


Obama, in mosque visit, says an attack on Islam is an attack on all faiths

Obama at mosqueU.S. President Barack Obama visited a U.S. mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all faiths in a move to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that have alienated Muslims.

“We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths," Obama said at a mosque outside Baltimore. "When any religious group is targeted we all have a responsibility to speak up."


DEQ chief: EPA dragged feet in Flint crisis for months

DEQ chief report on EPA failure in FlintWhile acknowledging mistakes made by the state in the handling of Flint's water crisis, Gov. Rick Snyder's hand-picked appointee to run the state Department of Environmental Quality faults the federal EPA for contributing to the public health catastrophe, saying it "did not display the sense of urgency that the situation demanded."

In testimony to be delivered Wednesday before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, new DEQ Director Keith Creagh takes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to task, insisting that the federal agency dragged its feet for months before providing a legal opinion making it clear that DEQ should have required Flint to have corrosion-control treatments before it switched to using water from the Flint River in 2014.


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