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Diverse group of cities have highest rates of gay households

Diverse group of cities have highest rates of gay households

ORLANDO, Fla. — Once known for singer Anita Bryant's anti-gay rights campaign and a ban on gay and lesbian adoptions, Florida is now home to two metro areas with among the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian coupled households in the U.S.

UK police receive letter from UAE princess urging probe

LONDON — Police in eastern England say they have received a long-delayed letter from an Emirati princess asking them to investigate the disappearance of her sister 20 years ago.
US contracts to buy homes decline, still a January record

US contracts to buy homes decline, still a January record

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes declined again with the number of properties for sale not matching the surging demand in the U.S. The National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales fell 2.
US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.
German charged with passing parliament floor plans to Russia

German charged with passing parliament floor plans to Russia

BERLIN — A German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, identified only as Jens F.
Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Caster Semenya is going to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge “discriminatory” rules that prohibit her from competing in certain track events because of her high natural testosterone, her lawyers said Thursday.
Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s law forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news is ready to take effect, though the laws' architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.
Biden revokes Trump orders on 'anarchist' cities and more

Biden revokes Trump orders on 'anarchist' cities and more

President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally revoked a series of presidential orders and memorandum signed by Donald Trump, including one that sought to cut funding from several cities the 45th president deemed “anarchist” havens and another mandating t
Russian supermodel Vodianova is new UN goodwill ambassador

Russian supermodel Vodianova is new UN goodwill ambassador

CAMEROON, Cameroon — Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova became a United Nations goodwill ambassador on Wednesday, pledging to promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and tackle stigmas surrounding their bodi
Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped

Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped

The government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn't warrant the charges.