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Student sues Wesleyan College after brutal rape

Virginia wesleyan CollegeA lawsuit filed against Virginia Wesleyan College claims the school did not do enough to protect female students from sexual assaults on campus and fails to adequately help them after they are assaulted.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a student raped on her third day of freshman orientation in 2012 who since has left the college.

A peer adviser invited the student to an on-campus party, according to the complaint. While at the party, she said was given a shot laced with drugs and then a member of the school's lacrosse team raped her.

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Justice Kennedy orders Ninth Circuit to postpone its same-sex ruling temporarily,

Justice KennedyJustice Kennedy ordered the Ninth Circuit to postpone its ruling temporarily, at least until a further order by Kennedy or by the full Supreme Court.  Lawyers for same-sex couples were told to file a response by 5 p.m. Thursday to Idaho’s request.  The order means that gay and lesbian couples will not be able to obtain marriage licenses in that state in the meantime.

With same-sex couples in Idaho legally free to seek marriage licenses this morning, state officials filed a last-minute plea to the Supreme Court to delay that opportunity.  The plea came hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had struck down Idaho’s ban on gay and lesbian marriages, and then had put its ruling into immediate effect.

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Columbus Day now Indigenous Peoples' Day in Seattle

Indigenous americansWhile the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, Seattle will be holding its first Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The city council voted unanimously to make the change. It will have little practical effect since Columbus Day is not an official holiday in Washington State.

Kshama Sawant, a member of the council, said that Christopher Columbus had a "pivotal role" in the extermination of millions of Native Americans.

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Freight Locomotive Derails, Spills Fuel In Maspeth, Queens

maspeth train derailmentFire officials say a freight train ran off the track in Maspeth, Queens.

They say a diesel tank ran off the rail at Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane, rupturing the tank and spilling around 100 gallons of fuel.

"We had a diesel tank derail. Ran out of rail actually. It ruptured a 900-gallon diesel fuel tank," said FDNY Chief Marc Cuccurullo.

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Gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada struck down

gay marriage bans stoppedA federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional unless there is a compelling government interest.

Neither Idaho nor Nevada offered any legitimate reasons to discriminate against gay couples, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

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Judge orders Ferguson police to stop using '5-second' rule for protesters

Ferguson protest judgmentA federal judge in St. Louis has ordered police in Ferguson, Missouri to stop enforcing a rule that threatens protesters with arrest if they stop moving. The judge said the rule violates constitutional rights.

Police adopted the so-called "keep moving" policy — which prohibits protesters from remaining still for more than five seconds — as a method to control large crowds that gathered to protest the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer.

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Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for 30,000 Part-Timers

walmartsWal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart's total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

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