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5 years after Sandy Hook, gun control groups still looking for big win

In the months after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a number of gun violence prevention groups sprung into existence, vowing to fight for stronger gun control measures. But five years after the devastating massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the body count from mass shootings has only risen, and there has been no federal legislation passed that would tighten gun control laws and background checks. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Giffords have seen multiple rounds of consolidation, staff turnover and a…

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‘Historic day’ as Australia’s parliament approves same-sex marriages

The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a woman to “a union of two people” excluding all others. The legislation passed with a majority that wasn’t challenged, although five lawmakers registered their opposition to the bill….

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SCOTUS considers religious objections to serving gay customers

A Colorado baker says requiring him to make a cake for a gay wedding would violate his freedom of expression. But the couple he turned down says refusing to serve gay customers is illegal discrimination. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider who’s right in one of the most closely watched cases of the term, one that pits freedom of religion and expression against marriage equality and protection from discrimination. While a recent Gallup survey showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans support the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England first Test, day five – live!

Well, we’re close to getting underway. The teams are heading out to scattered applause. The Barmies are here, bless them. And a reasonable turnout at the pool deck. And quite a few random spectators, given it’s a gold-coin donation to charity for entry. Pretty decent Day 5 crowd, all things considered. I guess seeing your team win an Ashes Test remains a lure. In more sombre news, today is also the anniversary of Philip Hughes’ death. Someone who should have been out in the middle today. Plenty of reflection and…

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Technology 

Tim Cook tweets congratulations to Australia but uses NZ flag – CNET

Wednesday morning was big for Australia. The country’s Same Sex Marriage survey result was announced, with a 61 percent vote in favour of same-sex marriage. Apple CEO Tim Cook congratulated Australia on the vote, tweeting that it was “another important step toward equality for all.” His faux pas? Cook then added an emoji of the New Zealand flag. Twitter screenshot by Daniel Van Boom/CNET He quickly deleted his original tweet, and uploaded a new one with the correct flag. On one hand, the flags look almost identical to the untrained…

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Australians Support Same-Sex Marriage in Survey

SYDNEY — The majority of Australians support the country becoming the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage, the results of a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday. More than three quarters of the country’s eligible voters took part in the non-compulsory survey. The poll is non-binding but the government has pledged to put a proposal to parliament if voters were in favor of same-sex marriage. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 61.6 percent of voters cast their ballots in support of same-sex marriage, with 38.4 percent…

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Science 

Trump's NASA Pick Skewered For Climate Change Denial, Divisive Past At Hearing

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to lead NASA was slammed by Senate Democrats during a nomination hearing Wednesday, while he waffled on the scientific consensus about climate change. Appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said he believes that the climate is changing and that human activity plays some role in that. But echoing an argument often made by members of the Trump administration and other Republican lawmakers, Bridenstine suggested there’s still a lot of room for debate about whether that human impact is…

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Women’s Ashes 2017: Australia v England, second one-day international – live!

7.28am BST07:28 43rd over: Australia 231-3 (Perry 56, Haynes 46) Haynes tries again, clearing the front leg and giving it everything, but she doesn’t hit it properly. Just as well for the Aussie skipper, as the ball falls short of long-on. Perry does the same in mirror-image, right-hander replacing left. Haynes realises the can’t find the gap straight, so goes a bit more across the line, and hits the gap at midwicket for four. There are two outfielders on that side of the stumps, but space between them. Ok, that’s…

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Germany Celebrates First Same-Sex Weddings

BERLIN — Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples. Town halls in Berlin, Hamburg and elsewhere opened their doors to mark the event, made possible by a surprise vote in Parliament three months earlier. “We’re making a single exception to fire a symbolic starter pistol because same-sex marriages are possible from today,” said Gordon Holland, a registrar in Berlin’s Schoeneberg district. Holland said it was appropriate for Schoeneberg to hold…

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