Photo: A member of the LGBT community, holds a placard with the picture of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a protest outside the Russian embassy, for the constant discrimination and violence against the gay community in Chechnya and other regions of Russia, in Mexico City, Mexico April 19, 2017. Placard reads "Stop Homophobia. Russia, We are with you let's stop this anti-gay law" (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Sochi. She urged him to protect the rights of minorities. She talked about reports gay men are being rounded up and tortured in Chechnya. More than 100 men have reportedly been arrested and sent to detention centers. According to Human Rights Watch, three have died.
Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld a California law that bans gay conversion therapy. That law has been in place since 2012 and was the first of its kind in the country. It bans licensed therapists, doctors, and social workers from using conversion techniques on children. But it doesn’t restrict religious leaders and religious groups from continuing the practice, which does still happen in California behind closed doors.
An investigation finds that at a chicken factory run by Case Farms, some workers had to have their limbs amputated after being hurt on the job. The company uses undocumented immigrants and sometimes fires them if they protest the conditions.
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President Thomas Jefferson once called the Osage Indians “the great nation.” That was before he pushed them off their ancestral land in the central part of America. They lost about 100 million acres. They were forced to move again in the late 19th century. So they bought some rocky, supposedly worthless land in what is now Oklahoma. There turned out to be oil in those hills that made the Osage wealthy. They became targets of one of the most shocking murder plots in American history.
David Grann, Author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” and “The Lost City of Z” ; The New Yorker
A shark attack over the weekend at San Onofre beach has left a woman in critical condition. Since then, there have been multiple reports of shark sightings at beaches along the coasts of Orange County and Long Beach. How concerned should we be about getting in the water?
Ralph Collier, President, Shark Research Committee
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