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Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

Feb 28, 2015

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped as many as 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a controversial meeting ...

Native Americans move into pot business

Feb 15, 2015

Native Americans move into pot business

What is now a damp plot of bright green grass next to a Native American greenhouse in Northern California could soon set the burgeoning marijuana industry on fire. An initial state-of-the art greenhouse measuring 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) is to be erected ...

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

Feb 12, 2015

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

A “de-toother” or a “dentist” is a gold-digger looking for a wealthy partner. “Spewing out buffaloes” means you can’t speak proper English. And a “side dish” isn’t served by a waiter. Those and other terms are part of Uganda’s often funny locally adapted English, ...

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Feb 11, 2015

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the U.S. transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays ...

Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Feb 10, 2015

Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses promptly after the decision, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed. Gay marriage is ...