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  • Georgia clears the road for Confederate-themed license plate
    "We believe that all people ought to be able to celebrate their history and their heritage, and that includes Southerners," says Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Ray McBerry. "We did anticipate that there could be some folks who would not like that, but we encourage them to go and make application for their own specialty plates."February 21, 2014
  • Olympics to transform Rio
    Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known.February 17, 2014
  • Judge denies motion to block archbishop's deposition, release of priests' names
    "There is no persuasive legal or factual basis for Defendants' motions and they are, in part, premature," District Court Judge John B. Van de North, Jr. said in his ruling.February 16, 2014
  • Out of the closet and onto the football field
    Scott Cooper talks about his experience being an openly gay football player at Augsburg College, and about Michael Sam, who's likely to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.The Daily Circuit, February 14, 2014
  • Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
    U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. Both sides believe the case won't be settled until the Supreme Court decides to hear it or one like it.February 14, 2014
  • Maybe the NFL is ready for a gay player
    Stefan Fatsis, the NPR sports commentator, is suggesting bad journalism has created the message that the NFL isn't ready for a gay player.February 13, 2014
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty
    The first-term Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members of victims, prosecutors and law enforcement.February 11, 2014
  • Missouri All-American football player says he's gay
    Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri's All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night.February 10, 2014
  • Census tool shows Minn., US migration
    If you want to know where everybody's going (or coming from) where you live, check out a new tool and set of data the U.S. Census Bureau just put out.February 6, 2014
  • Outdoor show reopens under new management: The NRA
    Last year, organizers of one of the nation's largest outdoor shows tried to ban certain guns in the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But the industry struck back with a boycott, and the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show was eventually canceled. Now it's under new management: The National Rifle Association.February 3, 2014
  • Same-sex couples challenge Wis. marriage ban
    A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing the prohibition is unconstitutional and has denied them civil rights married couples enjoy.February 3, 2014
  • Map: In the Twin Cities, where you call home can say a lot about how long you may live
    Explore life expectancies for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, broken down by census tract.February 3, 2014
  • Gender wage gap targeted in new bills, report
    The wage gap between men and women earned a mention in President Obama's State of the Union speech this week. And it will get some attention this morning in St. Paul.January 30, 2014
  • Should Snowden get the Nobel Peace Prize?
    "Saying that Edward Snowden has 'contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order' by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday," writes NPR's Bill Chappell.January 30, 2014
  • Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
    Saying that Edward Snowden has "contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order" by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday.January 30, 2014

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