U.S. corporations accuse Indiana and Arkansas of curbing gay rights
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:48:53 -0400
Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.
Grandson of Getty oil founder discovered dead in Los Angeles home
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:18:01 -0400
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:10:03 -0400
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.
Natural causes or accident likely in Getty heir death
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:47:11 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) â Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.
A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:42:10 -0400
Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry. Here are some of the efforts:
States increasing production caps for microbreweries
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:36:30 -0400
PHOENIX (AP) â Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.
Silicon Valley trial over cause of teen's suicide to start
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:26:36 -0400
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) â Fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her during a Labor Day house party without adult supervision.
Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:16:34 -0400
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) â More than three decades ago, a three-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long.
Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:16:14 -0400
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) â The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.
Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:10:53 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) â Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.