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SOCHI, Russia — Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former member of the Italian Parliament, was detained by the Russian authorities Sunday after holding up a sign that read, “Gay Is OK,” at Olympic Park, the leader of an Italian gay-rights group said.
Source: NewYork Times
Facebook adds FIFTY new options for users to describe their gender
Facebook has completely revamped its gender settings to allow for options other than just male or female.
The feature is designed to help transgender users of the site, and now has 50 options, including ‘cisgender,’ ‘transgender’ and ‘intersex’.
The site has also updated its setting to allow users to select a neutral pronoun referring to them as they, their or them.
Source: The Daily Mail
Transgender Issues Follow Path Blazed By Gay Rights
It may have been “the gayest year ever,” as some gay and lesbian activists put it — 2013 saw the Defense of Marriage Act struck down by the Supreme Court and the number of states offering marriage rights to same-sex couples doubled, to a total of 18.
But as 2014 begins, another issue is gaining traction: transgender rights.
Source: Yahoo News
Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk From Hormone Therapy
Exercise may moderately shave off some of the increased risk of hormone therapy, researchers found.
Source: MedPage Today
Lee, Cruz seek to protect states’ rights on gay marriage
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has introduced a measure that would protect states like Utah that want to define marriage as between one woman and one man from any federal efforts to recognize gay marriage.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
Comcast, Time Warner agree to merge in $45 billion deal
Comcast said Thursday it has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the country.
Source: Washington Post
Attorney General Eric Holder plans widespread changes within the U.S. Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases, according to excerpts of a speech on Saturday.
A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent transgender students from using bathroom facilities of their choice, joining a debate playing out in a handful of other states sparked by a California law that broke new ground on transgender rights.
Ex-governor of Virginia indicted after corruption probe
Jan 21 (Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including fraud and false statements after an investigation into loans and gifts from a supporter, court papers filed on Tuesday said.
1 Dead in Purdue Shooting; Suspect in Custody
A man opened fire Tuesday inside a basement classroom at Purdue University, killing one person and prompting officials to send a text alert to students telling them to seek shelter, police and the university said.
The suspect, who is believed to have targeted the man who was shot, surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack at the Electrical Engineering Building, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said.
Source: ABC News
Nearly 3,000 US Flights Cancelled As Snow Hits Northeast
More than 2,900 flights into, out of, and within the U.S. have been cancelled today, as the Northeast braces for another wave of freezing weather and heavy snow.
$1 Billion for a Perfect N.C.A.A. Bracket, Courtesy of Warren Buffett
Each March, tens of millions of brackets are filled out in the hopes of predicting the outcome of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. But the odds that a bracket will be perfect, that is, every game guessed correctly, are long — to the tune of 9.2 quintillion to one.
Pope to global elite: Do more for poor
n an address read by Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said it was intolerable that thousands die each day from hunger.The pope urged leaders to adopt a new “political and business mentality” and to put their skills to work for the benefit of those living in dire poverty.
HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? IF IT’S ON THIS ‘MOST COMMON PASSWORDS’ LIST, NOT VERY
If your password is “123456” or ”Password,” you’re doing Internet security wrong — and you’re not alone. According to password-management firm SplashData, which analyzed passwords that hackers posted online last year, the top two most common passwords are “123456,” and “Password.” Good job, people.