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Hate Group Leader Invents 'War on Thanksgiving'

Nov 24
Mat Staver, head of the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel took time out of his busy schedule of photo bombing Kim Davis to stir up a little non-existent drama - the "War on Thanksgiving."

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Officer Charged with Murder in Teen's Death; Video Released

CRIME | By Don Babwin and Jason Keyser | Nov 25
A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.

Most States Still Criminalizing HIV

AIDS | By David Crary and Brian Melley | Nov 25
Charlie Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated.

Man Arrested in Va. After Found Naked in Garden & High on Bath Salts

CRIME | Nov 25
A man who was allegedly high on bath salts was arrested and charged Sunday after he was found naked and screaming in a flower bed in Crystal City, Va.

Report: Gay Porn Actor Dimitri Kane Dies at 20

Less than a week after it was reported gay porn star Zac Stevens died at the age of 25, Str8UpGayPorn reports that fellow gay porn actor Dimitri Kane has died. He was 20.

Pope Brings Peace Message to Africa Amid Security Fears

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield and Tom Odula | Nov 25
Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary for the final leg of the trip.

UN Weather Agency: It's Record Hot Out There This Year

INTERNATIONAL | By Seth Borenstein | Nov 25
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.

Russian Crackdown on Muslims Fuels Exodus to Islamic State

INTERNATIONAL | By Nataliya Vasilyeva | Nov 25
Security forces in Russia's southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints.

Israel Court Allows Transgender Woman's Cremation

INTERNATIONAL | By Tia Goldenberg | Nov 25
The body of an Israeli transgender woman who committed suicide will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday.

Vietnam's Trans Activists Say New Law Paves Way for Surgeries

Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

Since '01, Clintons Collected $35M from Financial Businesses

POLITICS | By Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas | Nov 25
Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street has frequently been a friend to her.

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