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With New Chair, NY St. Patrick's Parade to Add 2nd Gay Group

By Jennifer Peltz | Jul 2
After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday.

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The Latest: IMF Blames Greek Govt; Says it Needs $56 Billion

The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

Italian Government Minister Goes on Hunger Strike to Speed Up Gay Civil Union Law

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 2
A junior minister in Italy's government feels that equal rights for gay couples is important enough to starve for.

Rainbow Facebook Photos: Armchair Activism or Shifting Tide?

NATIONAL | By Barbara Ortutay | Jul 2
Call it armchair activism. Call it a mark of a shifting tide in public opinion. The rainbows are the latest sign of the important place social media has taken in our lives, when it comes to self-expression, politics and privacy.

Reelz Comes to the Rescue of Homeless Miss USA Pageant

NATIONAL | By Lynn Elber | Jul 2
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Entering 2016 Presidential Race

POLITICS | By Scott Bauer | Jul 2
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said.

Watch Glitter Shooting Penis in Safe-Sex PSA That's Causing a Stir in Norway

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 2
A giant glitter-ejaculating penis that is being used as part of a public service announcement to promote safe-sex is causing a stir in Norway where the PSA is being broadcast.

Right-Winger Blames Taiwan Water Park Fire on US Gay Marriage

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 2
According to one right-winger, God hates the United States Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage so much he's burning people in China over it.

Greek Vote Campaign Begins Amid Grinding Cash Crisis

INTERNATIONAL | By Elena Becatoros | Jul 2
The battle for Greek votes was in full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.

Many but Not All in GOP Object as US, Cuba Plan Embassies

POLITICS | By Alan Fram | Jul 2
Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations.

China Gay Couple Holds Informal Marriage to Push for Union

INTERNATIONAL | By Didi Tang | Jul 2
A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.

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