Former Marine sentenced to 9 years in prison for firebombing California Planned Parenthood clinic

[ad_1] SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former U.S. Marine was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for firebombing a Southern California Planned Parenthood clinic in 2022, federal prosecutors prosecutors said. Chance Brannon, 24, pleaded guilty in November to four felony counts, including malicious destruction of property by fire and explosives and intentional damage to … Read more

New York county loses bid to prevent state legal challenge of its ban on female transgender athletes

[ad_1] NEW YORK — A county outside New York City has lost its bid to block the state from taking legal action against its ban on women’s and girls teams that include female transgender players, state Attorney General Letitia James said Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Nusrat Choudhury dismissed Nassau County’s lawsuit seeking to prevent … Read more

Tennessee GOP senators OK criminalizing helping minors get transgender care, mimicking abortion bill

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers are considering criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent, a proposal advancing in one of the most eager states to enact policies aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. Republican senators advanced the legislation Thursday on a 25-4 vote. It must now clear the similarly GOP-dominated House. … Read more

School grants, student pronouns and library books among the big bills of Idaho legislative session

[ad_1] BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers spent much of an unexpectedly long and sometimes contentious legislative session focusing on bills targeting LGBTQ+ residents by limiting health care and reading materials and installing protections for teachers who don’t use the pronouns transgender students use. They also passed a bill that allows the state to spend $2 … Read more

Lindsey Horan’s penalty kick gives US a 2-1 win over Japan in SheBelieves Cup

[ad_1] ATLANTA — Lindsey Horan converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute and the United States came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 to open the SheBelieves Cup before a record crowd on Saturday. Jaedyn Shaw also scored for the United States in the match played before 50,644 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a record … Read more

Idaho lawmakers pass bills targeting LGBTQ+ citizens. Protesters toss paper hearts in protest

[ad_1] BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers have passed a series of bills targeting LGBTQ+ residents this year, including two this week that prevent public employees from being required to use someone’s preferred pronouns and redefine gender as being synonymous with sex. On Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill allowing people to sue schools and libraries … Read more

Police say JK Rowling committed no crime with tweets slamming Scotland’s new hate speech law

[ad_1] LONDON — J.K. Rowling did not break the law with tweets criticizing Scotland’s new hate speech law and referring to transgender women as men, the police said Tuesday. The “Harry Potter” author opposes the law, which came into force on Monday and makes it illegal to stir up hatred on the basis of characteristics … Read more

Drag story hour at library canceled after suspicious package and threats, authorities say

[ad_1] LANCASTER, Pa. — LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A scheduled “Drag Queen Story Hour” at a Pennsylvania library that had drawn opposition was canceled Saturday after a suspicious package was found in the building and two blocks were evacuated after threats were reported, authorities said. Police evacuated the Lancaster Public Library after the package was … Read more

America is getting green and giddy for its largest St. Patrick’s Day parades

[ad_1] NEW YORK — People across the United States celebrated Irish heritage at several major St. Patrick’s Day parades Saturday, marking the holiday a day early at events that included a big anniversary in Savannah, Georgia, and honored a pioneering female business leader as grand marshal in New York. The holiday commemorates Ireland’s patron saint … Read more

College swimmers, volleyball players sue NCAA over transgender policies

[ad_1] ATLANTA — Former Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was among more than a dozen college athletes who filed a lawsuit against the NCAA on Thursday, accusing it of violating their Title IX rights by allowing transgender woman Lia Thomas to compete at the national championships in 2022. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in … Read more