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French Court Allows Gay Marriage Between French, Moroccan

NEWS | Jan 28
France's highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize marriages between two men.

Oscar/Tony Winning Actor Joel Grey Comes Out

NEWS | By EDGE | Jan 28
In an exclusive interview with People Magazine out this Friday, Joel Grey talks the first time about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," says the Oscar & Tony winner, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Japanese Ladies Okanami-Yank It At Female Masturbation Bars

NEWS | By Winnie McCroy | Jan 28
Japanese women are taking their pleasure into their own hands, so to speak, with female masturbation bars -- places for women to have a drink, browse sex toys and dig the vibes.

Sundance Watch: 'Tangerine' Shot Entirely With iPhones

NEWS | By Ryan Pearson | Jan 28
One Sundance movie was literally phoned in - the transgender prostitute tale "Tangerine."

Snails Slither Into Thailand's Spa Scene

STYLE | By Denis D. Gray | Jan 28
The latest addition to the global beauty and wellness craze - snail facials - has surfaces in the hills of northern Thailand.

Gay Rights Groups Denounce Okla. Bills as Anti-Gay

NEWS | By Sean Murphy | Jan 28
Gay rights supporters say Oklahoma is at the forefront of a wave of anti-gay legislation that is unfairly discriminatory and they plan to launch a campaign to oppose more than a dozen bills introduced for the session that begins next week.

Va. Senate Panel Votes to Leave Gay Marriage Ban in Law

NEWS | Jan 28
A state Senate committee isn't ready to take Virginia's overturned gay-marriage ban out of the state constitution.

NC Businesses Propose Protection for Gay, Lesbian Workers

NEWS | Jan 28
Some Charlotte businesses are proposing protections for employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Among Duets Set for Grammy Awards

NEWS | By Mesfin Fekadu | Jan 28
The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani.

Diversity at Sundance Doesn't Carry Over to Hollywood

By Sandy Cohen | Jan 28
While films by and about black people fare well at the independent festival, that success rarely translates to the Hollywood mainstream.

Senate to Begin Hearings for Obama Attorney General Nominee

NEWS | By Eric Werner and Eric Tucker | Jan 28
President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job.

Palestinian Girl, 14, in Israel Prison for Throwing Rocks

NEWS | By Mohammed Daraghmeh | Jan 28
The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians.

Swedish Swimming Pool Opens Gender Neutral Changing Room

NEWS | Jan 28
A public swimming pool outside the Swedish capital is reopening this weekend after building a third changing room, for people with a "neutral gender identity."

Freedom House Sees Disturbing Global Decline in Democracy

NEWS | 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.

US Average Rate on 30-Year Home Loan 3.63 Percent

FINANCE | Jan 28
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. Here's a look at rates for fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages this week and over the past year.


Entertainment

Theatre Review :: Princess Mary Demands Your Attention

THEATRE | By Beth Dugan | Jan 28
The new play by Bailiwick Chicago's resident playwright Aaron Holland, "Princess Mary Demands Your Attention" is a wonderful riotous celebration of the human ability to be both your own worse enemy and the solution to all of your problems.


Business

AP Interview: Iraq 'Sleeper Cells' Fight Islamic State Group

LEGAL | By Sameer N. Yacoub | Jan 28
"Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told The Associated Press.


Technology

Measles Outbreak Could Spread to New States

SCIENCE | Jan 27
The number of measles cases from the outbreak that started in Disneyland in December has nearly doubled. At least 85 cases are now confirmed in seven states -- the latest in Nebraska. And as Carter Evans reports, the outbreak could spread even further.


Finance

Average Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.63 Pct.

REAL ESTATE | Jan 26
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage slipped further below 3 percent.


Cars

Chevrolet Polishes its Mid-Size Truck

VEHICLE SPOTLIGHT | By Ann M. Job | Jan 26
In a year where attention is focused on big, full-size pickup trucks, the revamped-for-2015 Chevrolet Colorado arrives as a fine, mid-size pickup that's arguably the first major redesign in the smaller truck segment in a decade.


Health/Fitness

SF General Announces Tenth Annual Heroes & Hearts Luncheon

HEALTH | By Winnie McCroy | Jan 26
On February 12, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation will debut the brand new artworks of the 'Hearts in San Francisco' series at their tenth annual Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark on the field at AT&T Park.