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 LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in California went back to the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to try to stop an appellate ruling opening the way for gays to marry.

The Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund said in a release issued in Sacramento it had filed an emergency petition with the nation's highest court requesting it stop what it called the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's premature move to require same-sex marriage licenses in California weeks before the Supreme Court's decision even goes into effect.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:18
Published in US NEWS

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former Democratic U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, a legend in Philadelphia politics, died Monday in London, his office announced.

He was 71, and no cause of death was available, the Philadelphia inquirer said.


SANFORD, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- A gunshot expert testified in George Zimmerman's murder trial Tuesday that evidence suggests Trayvon Martin was atop George Zimmerman when Martin was shot.

Forensic pathologist and former San Antonio chief medical officer Dr. Vincent Di Maio said in the Sanford, Fla., trial the physical evidence in the case suggests Zimmerman's gun was in contact with Martin's clothing when the shot was fired, and that his clothes were two to four inches from his skin.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 18:30
Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee member said Sunday the public needs to be better informed on the scope of government phone and Internet records access.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said while the National Security Agency's vast monitoring program had been vetted by the legal system, the political uproar will linger unless the public is provided with more details on how the intelligence was collected and used.

"I'm calling for a wholesome debate all over the country," Udall said on CNN's "State of the Union. "Maybe Americans think this is all OK, but I think the line has been drawn too far toward 'we're going to invade your privacy versus we're going to respect your privacy.'"

Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:37
Published in BUSINESS

PORTLAND, Ore., June 6 (UPI) -- Scientists say it is unclear how genetically modified wheat reached Oregon, where its discovery led to some foreign markets suspending imports of U.S. wheat.

Kendall Lamkey, chairman of the Iowa State University agronomy department, said "corn pollen can travel ... a great distance" under wind power or through contact with insects, but the wheat gene is "unlikely to be moving to other varieties in any significant way."

Wheat plants generally fertilize themselves, as opposed to scattering pollen, scientists said.

MIAMI, June 2 (UPI) -- The parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin said they expect defense lawyers to assassinate the teen's character during George Zimmerman's murder trial in Florida.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, told a prayer group Saturday afternoon at Bethel Apostolic Temple in Miami, he knows he's "going to have to sit through all the negativity" during the trial, expected to begin June 10, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:22
Published in SPORTS

PHILADELPHIA, March 12 (UPI) -- A book tour by controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was canceled due to "credible threats" of violence, his publisher said.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 09:57
Published in US NEWS

CHICAGO, March 12 (UPI) -- Early results of a gender-bias study in the Chicago area involving mortgage lending show troubling patterns, the researchers said.

We must take the urgency of now very seriously. Not just because of the pending 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but because the future of America's people; especially those who have been long oppressed, depends on right now.

Since the beginning of this country, the one thing that has never been fully decided is who will truly determine this nation's future? Will it be America's truly wealthy - the 1 percent who can decide every political and economic move in the richest and mightiest country in the world? And who, with the economic 1 percent of Europe and Asia, could take over every major decision in this global world? Would it be them or would it be "We the people"?

It is clear by studying recent events; coupled with patterns of history, that the democratic principle of "We the people" is constantly endangered by plutocratic mindsets, those who are often controlled by greed and quests for power. Plutocracy, according to Webster, is one, "Government by wealthy people"; two, "A society governed by wealthy people"; or three, "A ruling class whose power is based on their wealth."

I caution that America could succumb to this social mindset - if we do not continue to stand guard using our democratic powers of "We the people" to the fullest. Take the last presidential election, for instance. Mitt Romney, in his derogatory comment about the so-called "47 percent" of people who he claimed "are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims" and who "pay no income tax" - appeared to dismiss nearly half of American voters. He even said, "... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 08:39
Published in HEALTH

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Whole Foods Market, based in Texas, says it will require foods sold in its stores to carry labels indicating whether they have genetically modified ingredients.

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