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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.

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

BUSINESS | 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.

Paris Fashion Week Men's Finale: Saint Laurent, Lanvin and More

STYLE | By Thomas Adamson | Jan 28
Black is back, along with high waists and 70s throwbacks in the latest collects from Saint Laurent, Lanvin and more.

Mardi Gras Muffaletta

STYLE | By Alison Ladman | Jan 28
We love pizza. We love muffaletta. We decided they probably would be easy to love together.

Awards Watch :: Weinstein Plays the Gay Card

ENTERTAINMENT | By Robert Nesti | Jan 27
With the Producers Guild and SAG awards going to "Birdman," the Oscar race is suddenly competitive. But will Harvey Weinstein's campaign to honor the persecuted Alan Turing be the winning strategy for "The Imitation Game?"

'Tangerine,' Story of Transgender Prostitute, Shot Entirely With iPhones

ENTERTAINMENT | By Ryan Pearson | Jan 27
One Sundance movie was literally phoned in - the transgender prostitute tale "Tangerine."


Entertainment

The Barefoot Contessa's Culinary Odyssey

Jan 28
Ina Garten, also known as "The Barefoot Contessa," didn't set out to be a celebrity chef. With her line of bestselling cookbooks, her own Food Network TV show, and millions of adoring fans, Garten is a culinary institution.


Business

Taking a Test Drive in a 3D-Printed Car

Jan 28
Taking a test drive in a 3D-printed car It may sound far-fetched, but a driveable vehicle made almost entirely in a 3D printer is in development. The inventors showed it off at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.


Technology

Low Gas Prices, Incentives Change Math for Electric Cars

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Jan 27
Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA.


Finance

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

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

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.


Style

Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens: More from Paris Fashion Week

By Thomas Adamson | Jan 27
The latest from Paris Fashion Week, including appearances by Kate Moss, new designs from Louis Vuitton, and a revealing collection from Rick Owens.


Health/Fitness

SF General Announces Tenth Annual Heroes & Hearts Luncheon

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.