U.S. House expected to pass same-sex marriage bill, showing shift in attitudes

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A bill protecting federal recognition of same-sex marriages, backed by both LGBT advocates and religious groups, is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with support bipartisan, a sign of an important cultural change. change in a divided nation. The Respect for Marriage Act, which was passed … Read more

Facebook owner Meta may remove news from platform if U.S. Congress passes media bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), threatened on Monday to remove information from its platform if the U.S. Congress passes a proposal to facilitate collective bargaining for public bodies. releases with companies like Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O) Google and Facebook. Sources briefed on the matter said lawmakers are considering adding … Read more

U.S. railroad investor resolutions urge paid sick leave for workers

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Investors have proposed shareholder resolutions to two U.S. railroads calling for paid sick leave for workers, an issue that nearly sparked a nationwide railroad strike, and they could pass to an advisory vote at shareholder meetings in the spring. On Friday, President Joe Biden signed legislation to block a rail closure … Read more

Chinese hackers stole millions worth of U.S. COVID relief money, Secret Service says

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Chinese hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars from U.S. COVID relief benefits since 2020, the Secret Service said on Monday. The Secret Service declined to provide further details, but confirmed an NBC News report that the Chinese hacking team believed to be responsible is known in the security … Read more

Web designer’s anti-gay marriage stance goes to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a landmark case pitting LGBT rights against a claim that the constitutional right to free speech exempts artists from anti-discrimination laws in a dispute involving an evangelical Christian web designer. who refuses to provide services for same-sex marriages. Judges are … Read more

In North Carolina, vandals leave thousands in the dark

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Residents of a central North Carolina county faced a second night of freezing weather without power on Sunday after vandals opened fire on two power substations in what authorities called it a “targeted attack”. The motive for Saturday night’s wave of damage was unclear, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said. Due … Read more

Fiance of U.S. citizen detained in UAE fears he will be extradited to Egypt

DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – An Egyptian-American national detained during a visit to the United Arab Emirates fears extradition to Egypt for criticizing the country’s authorities before the country hosted the conference on the COP27 climate last month, her fiancĂ© said on Sunday. The United Arab Emirates, a close ally of Egypt, arrested Sherif Osman, … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which bans abortions with limited exceptions for rape, incest, … Read more

Florida mulls U-turn on move to strip Disney theme-parks of self-governing status – FT

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Florida lawmakers are considering overturning a decision that would strip Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) of its right to operate a private government around its famous theme parks, the Financial Times reported on Friday, quoting people. informed of the plan. In April, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill ending Walt Disney’s … Read more

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to stay a Texas judge’s ruling that President Joe Biden’s plan to write off hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was illegal. The New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Biden administration’s request to stay a judge’s … Read more