Randy Berry, LGBT Envoy

1st-Ever U.S. Diplomat For LBGT Rights Announced By State Department

The U.S. has announced its first-ever diplomat in charge of promoting and defending the rights of homosexuals and transgender people overseas.

02/23/2015

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New Defense Secretary Wants To Let Transgender Americans Serve In US Military

President Obama is supporting a push by newly appointed Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military.

02/23/2015

JULY 22: Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., is interviewed by Roll Call in her Cannon Building office, July 22, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jackie Speier Pushes Bill Closing Loophole For Convicted Sex Offenders In The Military

Rep. Jackie Speier wants to close what she calls a “gaping loophole” where sex offenders in the military aren’t required to register as such after serving in prison or their country.

02/20/2015

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Millions Of Phones Potentially Susceptible To Snooping After British, NSA Allegedly Team Up To Hack Sim Card Maker

Rights organizations on Friday called for urgent steps to be taken to protect private calls and online communications after allegations that U.S. and British agencies hacked into the networks of a major SIM card maker.

02/20/2015

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Oakland Veterans Affairs Office Lost Nearly 14,000 Benefits Claims Since 1990

The Oakland office of Veterans Affairs improperly filed and then lost about 14,000 unprocessed veterans benefit claims, some dating back to the 1990s, a federal government investigation found.

02/20/2015

A rendering of a proposed stadium to be shared by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers in Los Angeles. (Source: Manica Architecture)

Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers Moving Forward With $1.7B Stadium To Share In SoCal

The Oakland Raiders Thursday night announced plans to share a stadium in Southern California with the San Diego Chargers if both NFL teams fail to find new stadium solutions in their hometowns.

02/19/2015

Joshua Tree National Park occupies part of California's Mojave Desert. Congress passed a law in 1994 changing its designation from a national monument to national park. The park - about the size of Rhode Island - is mostly wilderness, inhabited by lizards, ground squirrels, bighorn sheep and coyotes. (Photo Credit: Thinkstock.com)

Plan For Free Admission To National Parks For 4th Graders, Their Families To Be Unveiled

President Barack Obama is turning a historic South Side neighborhood in Chicago into a national monument Thursday, in a visit that also could provide a political lift to the city’s mayor.

02/19/2015

Skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. (CDC)

California Teachers Not Subject To Same Vaccinations Rules As Students

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — There’s a big push to get more California students vaccinated against measles and other diseases but different rules apply to their teachers as it is left up to individual school districts […]

02/19/2015

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Airbnb To Pay Millions Of Dollars In Back Taxes To San Francisco

The short-term housing rental service Airbnb has agreed to pay back taxes owed to San Francisco that were estimated to be millions of dollars.

02/19/2015

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1st Legal Texas Same-Sex Marriage Held In Austin

Despite Texas’ statewide ban on gay marriage, county officials in Austin married a same-sex couple on Thursday under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons.

02/19/2015

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