Trump’s ‘religious conscience’ rule for health care providers draws court challenge

Washington (CNN)A broad coalition of women’s reproductive rights groups and LGBT health organizations is asking a court to strike down a new rule issued by Trump administration that excuses religious and moral objectors from participating in or paying for services such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide. Richard B. Katskee, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the rule was “unconstitutional in at least four ways” — including violating the Equal Protection Clause by targeting marginalized communities. Genevieve Scott, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said the rule is “intentionally confusing and unworkable.” “Even EMTs and administrative staff are encouraged to deny care,” she said. “The rule is extremely broad and contains …

Trump Admin Rule Would Allow Homeless Shelters To Shut Out Transgender People

Donald Trump’s administration has proposed a homeless shelters to deny The Equal Access Rule, first published in 2012 to “ensure shelters and programs do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” the National Center for Transgender Equality said Wednesday in a press release calling attention to the proposal. “He lied,” the advocacy group said on Twitter. Neither the White House nor HUD immediately responded to requests for comment.  testified before a House subcommittee that removal of HUD training materials that help protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. “The programs impacted by this rule are life-saving for transgender people, particularly youth rejected by their families, and a lack of stable housing fuels the violence and abuse that takes the lives …

Joe Biden Tackles Education In First Major Policy Proposal Of 2020 Campaign

More than a month after he would run for president, Joe Biden has finally entered the 2020 Democratic policy wars with his fellow candidates.  On Tuesday, the former vice president and current Democratic front-runner released a wide-ranging  giving the average teacherwiping out student loan debt  ― who is currently Biden’s closest competition in the polls ― is once again making a central calling card of his presidential campaign, while also proposing a salary floor of previously released plan: Like Sanders, Biden has proposedlow-income families The Biden campaign said it hopes that increase in Title I spending would help reduce the funding gap between overwhelmingly white and predominantly non-white school districts, which has reached an estimated “Systemic racism is persistent across our …

Judge tells attacker to study Sikhs as part of sentence

The Intimidation count is considered a hate crime, it said. Witnesses said Ramsey pulled on Dodd’s beard after he refused to sell him cigarettes without an ID, punched him and pulled him to the ground. Bystanders restrained Ramsey until police arrived. Dodd, who came to the U.S. from India and owns the convenience store, noted in a written statement to the court that hate crimes are on the rise in America. The FBI says hate crimes increased by 40 percent in Oregon from 2016 to 2017. “He didn’t see me as a person,” Dodd said of Ramsey. “He attacked me because of how I look. Because of my turban and beard — my religious articles of faith.” Police said Ramsey …

Who Will Replace Theresa May As UK Prime Minister?

Prime Minister Theresa May has formally announced that she will step down as party leader on June 7, everyone can stop pretending and just get on with it. Here are some of the key faces in the running. Boris Johnson:  The former foreign secretary is currently the favorite. Having abandoned his 2016 leadership bid thanks to the last minute betrayal by Michael Gove, he is back to give it another shot. “Of course I’m going to go for it,” he said last week. Johnson, who was the face of the Vote Leave campaign, is the favorite of the Tory grassroots. Some members of Parliament (MPs) believe Johnson’s populist touch is what is needed to reconnect with voters and see off …

Boy, 9, killed in school locker fall

‘Avid scientist’ Maria Rumsey, head teacher at St Michael’s, said staff, parents, governors and pupils were “shocked and immensely saddened” by Leo’s death. She said: “He will be greatly missed by all. We wish to extend our thoughts and condolences to all of Leo’s family and friends at this saddest of times. “Leo was a sparkle in our school. His face lit up the classroom and his mischievous blue eyes made us all smile. “He was an avid scientist, who only on Wednesday was in his element hunting for bugs on the school field. “Leo was always keen to share his model-building and wowed the class when he brought in the finished masterpieces. He had a wide circle of friends …

Mumps – is it the forgotten disease?

It can lead to difficulty opening the mouth to talk, eat and drink. And this recognisable symptom probably gave the illness its name. ‘Hamster face’ Mumps is a strange word for an illness, and it has no clear origin. It could come from the old English word for grimace or sulk – mump – or it may be linked to the Icelandic word for a mouth being filled too full – mumpa – and the Dutch for mumble, “mompen”. However, the overriding impression is that the distinctive “hamster face” appearance of the illness has influenced its name. Image copyright Getty Images Cases have never spiked like that again, but outbreaks are common and cases of mumps consistently outnumber measles and …

Netball counts down to ‘summer of excitement’

‘Fan experience’ Ms Impett says the international landscape is now much more competitive than in the run up to previous world cups. “I think in 2019 we are in better position for a potential change than ever before. Australia are the best team in the world at the moment, but potentially more open to losing their world title than they have ever been before,” she says. Image copyright LFC Foundation/Getty Image caption There will be a number of fan events around the World Cup in Liverpool It is hoped that as well as taking in the netball, visitors will go to some of Liverpool’s attractions such as the Beatles Museum, or enjoy the wider region, such as visiting the Lake …

McConnell unveils bill to combat youth tobacco use by raising purchase age to 21

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally introduced legislation Monday to raise the age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, a move designed to combat the health effects of tobacco addiction across the country and help his home state of Kentucky move off production of the crop that has sagged in popularity for decades. Both senators pointed to figures from the Centers for Disease Control that show an alarming spike in teen vaping since the recent advent of e-cigarettes. “Kentucky farmers don’t want their children to get hooked on tobacco products while they are in middle school or high school any more than any parent anywhere wants that to happen,” McConnell said. “Kentucky is proud of what we make but …

Trump Officials Identify 1,700 More Children Who May Have Been Separated From Parents

Trump administration officials have revealed that an additional 1,712 migrant  The children entered the country before President zero tolerance” policy a year ago, resulting in the separation of at least 2,800 children from their parents. preliminary indication of separation” involving these children, Commander Jonathan White of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps said in federal court in San Diego Friday, CNN reported. 13,000 files out of a total of some 47,000. given the administration six months from April to review all the files, even though Trump officials The new list of 1,712 children has now been sent to Customs and Border Protection for the “ The children at the center of the court case filed by the Following a federal judge’s …

Is that Dad? 75 years on, D-Day history still being written

Into his seventies, Gantois still had no clues to pursue, no name to work with, no paper trail to follow. As a consequence, he also had no peace. “Throughout my life, I lived with this open wound,” he says. “I never accepted my situation, of not knowing my father and, most of all, knowing that he didn’t know about me, didn’t know of my existence.” Even as Europe, the United States and their allies mark 75 years since 160,000 Allied troops stormed a heavily-fortified 50-mile (80-kilometer) stretch of Nazi-occupied coastline in Normandy, the history of D-Day and its aftermath is still being written. The big picture, of course, is well known, meticulously documented and preciously conserved to be told and …

Emmerdale: The myths around male sexual grooming

But a poll by the charity found nearly one in five people failed to realise this was a crime. Amanda Naylor, head of child sexual abuse at the charity, says the society’s perception of grooming can be different depending on the gender of the victim. Here she busts some of the public attitudes and questions around male grooming: Grooming isn’t as serious for boys compared to girls Image copyright ITV Image caption Maya, played by Louisa Clein, was arrested in Tuesday’s episode “The Sexual Offences Act of 2003 says that if you’re in a position of trust it’s illegal for you to engage in any sexual activity, or show pictures of sexual activity or have sexual activity in front of …

Whoopi Goldberg’s Doctor Details Terrifying Health Scare That Almost Killed Her

Whoopi Goldberg’s doctor appeared on “ “I could barely understand Whoopi, what she was saying,” Dr. Jorge Rodriguez said, recalling a phone call he received from the star in January. “Her teeth were chattering, she was gasping for air.” The doctor then suggested Goldberg cover herself with a blanket, but she explained she couldn’t even walk a couple of feet. She said she was thinking of taking a rest, but Rodriguez urged her not to sleep because he was worried she wouldn’t wake up.  In March, Goldberg revealed in a “I came very, very close to leaving the earth,” she told her fans. “Good news: I didn’t.” returned to her chair at the “Hot Topics” table later that month, and her …

Fifth child dies after arriving at US border from Guatemala since December

(CNN)A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in government custody Monday morning, Customs and Border Protection said. Vasquez crossed into the US with a group of about 70 people and was transported to the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, to await transfer to the custody of the Health and Human Services Department, as is customary for unaccompanied minors. Six days after being apprehended, he indicated to staff at the Central Processing Center that “he was not feeling well,” at which time he was seen by a contracted nurse practitioner. “He was assessed and determined to have influenza A,” the official said. The prescribed treatment was Tamiflu, which Border Patrol agents picked up at a local pharmacy, according to the official. The …

When The Far Right Took Over Brazil, Its Only LGBTQ Congressman Fled For His Life

For Jean Wyllys, peace comes only at night, in the darkness, when he can close his eyes and drift into a world he has left behind. Perhaps he’ll dream of Bahia, the northeastern Brazilian state where he was born and raised. Or of Rio de Janeiro, the ”that he adopted as his own. Some nights, he’ll think of his mother or his friends; others, of his months-old nephew he can’t wait to help raise. Maybe his mind will wander to Brasília, and the Brazilian Congress, where he made history as one of his country’s first openly gay federal legislators and became a fierce advocate for the people who grew up like him: gay in a country still struggling to accept …

Columbine shooting survivor Austin Eubanks found dead in Colorado home

Austin Eubanks, seen left in a April 25, 1999 photo, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Eubanks recently spoke about battling addiction ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/FOX31) Eubanks was shot in the hand and knee alongside his best friend Corey DePooter in the library during the massacre. DePooter, along with 11 other classmates and a teacher, were killed in the shooting rampage. “I completely disassociated,” Eubanks told Fox News host Neil Cavuto last month. “I’ve always been able to recall everything that happened that day, but it was almost as if I was watching it on television. I wasn’t present in my …