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Freedom House Sees Disturbing Global Decline in Democracy

INTERNATIONAL | By Alexandra Olson | Jan 28
Global freedom has suffered a disturbing decline with 60 percent of the world's population, or 2.6 billion people, living in countries that are not completely free, according to a report released Wednesday.

Broadway Theaters Reopen After Snowstorm Blasts New York City

NATIONAL | By Mark Kennedy | Jan 27
Most Broadway shows are up and running on Tuesday after Monday's blizzard that caused the Great White Way to go dark.

Gay Ala. Rep Threatens to 'Out' Cheating Colleages

POLITICS | By EDGE | Jan 27
Alabama's first openly gay state representative has issued a warning to her colleagues looking to fight to keep the state's overturned ban on same-sex marriage in place - either stop attacking gay people or if you're having an affair, she will out you.

Arkansas Pays Overdue Docketing Fee in Gay Marriage Case

NATIONAL | Jan 27
A federal appeals court says it has received payment from the Arkansas attorney general's office one day after it threatened to dismiss the state's attempt to restore a gay marriage ban because of an outstanding $505 docketing fee.

Gay Marriage Case May Affect Discrimination, Religion Bills

NATIONAL | By David Eggert | Jan 27
Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Legislature to keep alive a bill that would amend Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Mormon Leaders Call for Measures Protecting Gay Rights

RELIGION | By Brady McCombs and Rachel Zoll | Jan 27
Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Sex Theme Park Planned in Taiwan

INTERNATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jan 27
Developers of a proposed tourist destination in Taiwan are banking on the age old theory that sex sells.

Texas Transgender Woman Shot and Killed in Possible Hate Crime

CRIME | By Jason St. Amand | Jan 27
A transgender woman, who was a nursing assistant, was shot and killed in her car Monday morning in a possible hate crime.

SPLC Calls on GOP to Cancel Hate Group-Sponsored Trip to Israel

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jan 27
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and some 60 RNC members have RSVP'd for a nine-day tour of Israel paid for by the SPLC designated anti-gay hate group American Family Association.

First Look: Sundance Doc Pulls Back Curtain On Scientology

RELIGION | By Sandy Cohen | Jan 27
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house - not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.

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