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White ex-cop faces federal charges in black motorist's death

Michael SlagerA white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who was running away has been indicted on federal charges including depriving the victim of his civil rights.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday also charges Michael Slager, 34, with obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.


Counseling group says Tenn. law is anti-LGBT, cancels conference

NashvilleIn protest of a Tennessee law they say is an affront to the profession of counseling and the worst legislation the group has tracked in decades, the American Counseling Association has canceled its annual conference scheduled for Nashville next year.

The decision, announced by the organization on Tuesday, comes two weeks after Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a controversial bill in Tennessee that allows counselors to cite principles to reject patients. Gay rights advocates and the ACA had opposed the legislation.


100+ Methodist Clergy Come Out as LGBT

100+ Methodist clergy come out as LGBTDozens of United Methodist clergy members came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on Monday, defying their church's ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" serving in ministry and essentially daring their supervisors to discipline them.

In a public letter posted online, 111 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry said church rules require "that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities."


Lynch: NC transgender law part of civil rights struggle

Lyncg: Nc law violates civil rights lawsIn suing her home state for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North Carolina as about far more than bathrooms and showers.

Lynch, a native North Carolinian and the first black woman to run the Justice Department, elevated the profile of her agency's clash with North Carolina over its new bathroom law by placing it in the context of America's Jim Crow era - when signs above water fountains and restaurants fostered race discrimination - as well as more recent efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.


NC Files Suit Against Feds Over Bathroom Law

NC files suit against fedsNorth Carolina on Monday filed a lawsuit against the federal government in response to a letter from the Justice Department that gave the state until the end of the day to scrap a controversial law regarding access to public bathrooms or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Gov. Pat McCrory was given until Monday to notify the Justice Department that he would not enforce House Bill No. 2, which the federal government says limits protections for LGBT people. The measure has drawn a firestorm of protest from across the country.



Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

Dataminr not fiving info to fedsTwitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy.

The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence official and other people familiar with the matter. The service—which sends out alerts of unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events—isn’t directly provided by Twitter, but instead by Dataminr Inc., a private company that mines public Twitter feeds for clients.


Stonewall Inn regulars applaud Obama amid monument plans: 'It's about time'

Stonewall Inn riotsIn an upstairs room at the Stonewall Inn in New York, drag legend Lady Bunny paused her stream of filthy jokes and Adele parodies just long enough to tell her audience: “This is ground zero for LGBT rights in this country – and the world.”

Most did not need telling. They may have been too young to have taken part in the 1969 uprising that began when lesbian and gay patrons fought back during a police raid, but they were acutely aware of the place in history that the bar enjoys.


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