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ABC 7 WJLA Sports - - Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:48:02 EST

The inspirational story of Duke guard and local hoopster Quinn Cook. His mother Janet joins Alex Parker. Plus, Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? WFTS-TV's Tom Kuron chimes in.

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CNN - CNN - 2015-04-02T03:54:23.000Z

CNN's Don Lemon, Alliance Defending Freedom's Kristen Waggoner, ACLU's Rita Sklar and Comedian Penn Jillette discuss Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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The Young Turks - The Young Turks - 2015-04-02T04:00:00.000Z

"The angry lawman who was caught on camera belittling an Uber driver during a bias-fueled tirade in the West Village is an NYPD detective assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, police sources confirmed Tuesday. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the video, which shows Det. Patrick Cherry lambasting the Uber driver during a traffic stop and mocking his broken English. “I don't know where you're coming from, where you think you're appropriate in doing that; that's not the way it works. How long have you been in this country?” Cherry, who is white, barked at the driver after pulling him over in an unmarked car with flashing lights, according to video of the encounter." Read more here: Cenk Uygur ( and Ana Kasparian ( break it down on The Young Turks.

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NBA - NBA - 2015-04-02T03:57:41.000Z

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WDBJ 7 National News - - Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:48:28 GMT

As goes Walmart, so goes the nation?

Everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the head of the NCAA slammed religious freedom laws being considered in several states this week, warning that they would open the door to discrimination against gay and lesbian customers.

But it was the opposition from Walmart, the ubiquitous retailer that dots the American landscape, that perhaps resonated most deeply, providing the latest evidence of growing support for gay rights in the heartland.

Walmart's staunch criticism of a religious freedom law in its home state of Arkansas came after the company said in February it would boost pay for about 500,000 workers well above the federal minimum wage. Taken together, the company is emerging as a bellwether for shifting public opinion on hot-button political issues that divide conservatives and liberals.

And some prominent Republicans are urging the party to take notice.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who famously called on the GOP to "be the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club," told CNN that Walmart's actions "foreshadow where the Republican Party will need to move."

"The Republican Party will have to better stand for" ideas on helping the middle class, said Pawlenty, the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington lobbying group for the finance industry. The party's leaders must be "willing to put forward ideas that will help modest income workers, such as a reasonable increase in the minimum wage, and prohibit discrimination in things such as jobs, housing, public accommodation against gays and lesbians."

Arkansas victory

Walmart, which employs more than 50,000 people in Arkansas, emerged victorious on Wednesday. Hours after the company's CEO, Doug McMillon, called on Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill, the governor held a news conference and announced he would not sign the legislation unless its language was fixed.

Walmart's opposition to the religious freedom law once again puts the company at odds with many in the Republican Party, which the company's political action committee has tended to support.

In 2004, the Walmart PAC gave around $2 million to Republicans versus less than $500,000 to Democrats, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. That gap has grown less pronounced in recent years. In 2014, the PAC spent about $1.3 million to support Republican and around $970,000 for Democrats.

It has been a gradual transformation for Walmart.

In 2011, the company bulked up its nondiscrimination policies by adding protections for gender identity. Two years later, the company announced that it would start offering health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of employees starting in 2014.

Retail experts say Walmart's evolution on these issues over the years is partly a reflection of its diverse consumer base, as well as a recognition of the country's increasingly progressive views of gay equality (support for same-sex marriage is at a new high of 59%, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll).

"It's easy for someone like a Chick-fil-A to take a really polarizing position," said Dwight Hill, a partner at the retail consulting firm McMillanDoolittle. "But in the world of the largest retailer in the world, that's very different."

Hill added: Same-sex marriage, "while divisive, it's becoming more common place here within the U.S., and the businesses by definition have to follow the trend of their customer."

Backlash shines a light on where business leans

The backlash over the religious freedom measures in Indiana and Arkansas this week is shining a bright light on the broader business community's overwhelming support for workplace policies that promote gay equality.

After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, signed his state's religious freedom bill into law, CEOs of companies big and small across the country threatened to pull out of the Hoosier state.

The resistance came from business leaders of all political persuasions, including Bill Oesterle, CEO of the business-rating website Angie's List and a one-time campaign manager for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Oesterle announced that his company would put plans on hold to expand its footprint in Indianapolis in light of the state's passage of the religious freedom act.

NASCAR, scheduled to hold a race in Indianapolis this summer, also spoke out against the Indiana law.

"What we're seeing over the past week is a tremendous amount of support from the business community who are standing up and are sending that equality is good for business and discrimination is bad for business," said Jason Rahlan, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.

Presidential politics

The debate has reached presidential politics.

National Republicans are walking the fine line of protecting religious liberties and supporting nondiscrimination. Potential 2016 presidential candidates including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came out in support of the Indiana religious freedom law, though they were careful to say they don't condone discrimination of any kind.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who previously served on Walmart's board of directors, called on Hutchinson to veto the Arkansas bill, saying it would "permit unfair discrimination" against the LGBT community.

Jay Chesshir, CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas, welcomed Hutchinson's pledge on Wednesday to seek changes to his state's bill. He said businesses are not be afraid to wade into a politically controversial debate to ensure inclusive workplace policies.

"When it comes to culture and quality of life, businesses are extremely interested in engaging in debate simply because it impacts its more precious resource -- and that's its people," Chesshir said. "Therefore, when issues arise that have negative or positive impact on those things, then the business community will again speak and speak loudly."

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NBC12 News Richmond - - Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:49:00 EDT

Police say an attempted theft at Chesterfield Towne Center took a violent turn when the thieves declared...we've got a gun.

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WDBJ 7 National News - - Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:40:31 GMT

Here is some good news about the environment: Investment into renewable energy surged in 2014, despite record low oil prices.

The price of oil plunged nearly 50 percent since last summer, sparking fears green energy projects might be push aside.

But a new study commissioned by the UN Environment Program shows companies and governments invested $270 billion in renewable power and fuels last year, 17 percent more than the year before.

The boost came after two years of slowdown and was driven mainly by a green energy boom in Asia, the report said.

China and Japan have embraced solar energy in 2014, pouring a combined $74.9 billion in solar installations, while Europe saw a record $18.6 billion of investment into offshore wind projects in 2014.

The growth was especially strong in emerging markets, where investment jumped 36 percent. China, Brazil, India and South Africa were all among the top 10 investing countries.

In the U.S., $38.3 billion was spent on renewables, up 7 percent on the year but still well below its all-time high of 2011.

The new sources of energy add around 103 gigawatts to the global renewable generation capacity -- roughly equal to the capacity of all 158 nuclear reactors in the U.S.

The boom helped curb greenhouse gasses emissions. Global carbon emissions didn't rise last year, for the first time during the times of economic growth, according to the International Energy Agency.

The agency said that there have only been three times in the last 40 years in which emissions have stood still or fallen compared to the previous year. And while all the three previous times happened during economic crises, 2014 saw the global economy grow by 3 percent.

The agency said the statistics suggest global efforts to slow climate change may be more effective than expected.

But the UN Environmental Agency warned the positive trend should not derail the green efforts. "The battle to curb emissions is looking more and more urgent," the report said.

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Fox 5 WTTG Entertainment - - Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:28:00 EDT

Joni Mitchell':s famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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WDBJ 7 National News - - Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:32:36 GMT

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined the voices against Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

"I think if people can exercise discrimination based on sexual orientation, then it's wrong," Buffett told CNN's Poppy Harlow.

Also this week, NASCAR, which is set to hold a major race in Indianapolis in July, said it's disappointed by the law signed last week by Governor Mike Pence.

"We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race," said NASCAR, which is based in Florida and North Carolina.

Critics say the law Pence signed last week ensures businesses have the right to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender people on religious grounds.

The governor and his supporters have said the law is designed to protect "religious freedom" and is not discriminatory.

Here is a roundup of elected officials, business executives and companies -- from Indianapolis to Silicon Valley -- that have spoken out:

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt: He wrote to Pence Wednesday to say he was worried the law "could have a very negative impact on our employees and their communities."

39 tech execs: Leaders from 39 companies and organizations from tech and Silicon Valley signed a statement Wednesday condemning the Indiana law, and a similar one proposed in Arkansas.

The group, which features some people who had already weighed in, included Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs and founder of the social entrepreneurship group Emerson Collective.

Group of 9: CEOs representing nine leading Indiana businesses wrote to Pence and legislative leaders to express their concern about the impact of the law on the "reputation" of Indiana.

"As we seek to attract and retain great talent from Indiana and around the world, it is critical that we make it clear that Indiana is the welcoming state we all believe it to be," they wrote. The letters was signed by top execs at Angie's List, Anthem, Cummins, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly, Emmis Communications, Indiana University Health, Roche Diagnostics and Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Starbucks: "We join with others opposing any state or federal legislation that permits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and encourage policymakers everywhere to embrace equality," Starbucks said in a statement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: In an op-ed published Sunday, Cook said such laws are "very dangerous" and contrary to America's founding principles.

"On behalf of Apple, I'm standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation," wrote Cook, who came out as gay last year.

Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle: The proposed campus expansion project in Indianapolis is "on hold" following the bill's passage.

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin: Opposing the law is "a basic human decency issue," Levchin told CNN.

"I'm asking my fellow CEOs to look at how they're thinking about their relationship with the state and evaluate it in terms of the legislation that's getting signed into law," he said.

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman: Yelp will "make every effort" to expand its corporate operations in states that do not have such laws on the books. "These laws set a terrible precedent that will likely harm the broader economic health of the states where they have been adopted."

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: The law is an "outrage," he said, and that his company will "dramatically reduce" its investments in Indiana.

Eli Lilly: "We certainly understand the implications this legislation has on our ability to attract and retain employees. Simply put, we believe discriminatory legislation is bad for Indiana and for business."

Eli Lilly employs more than 11,700 workers in Indiana, mostly in Indianapolis.

NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever: "The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere."

NCAA: "We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees."

Gen Con: The people that run the video game convention said the law would "factor into our decision making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years."

Gen Con brought 56,000 people to the state last year, according to CEO Adrian Swartout.

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Daily Press Travel - Peter Dujardin - Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:00:00 GMT

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ABC 7 WJLA Sports - The Associated Press - Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:20:23 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcin Gortat scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Bradley Beal added 20 points, and the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-93 on Wednesday night.

John Wall chipped in 13 points and 15 assists for Washington, which had lost five of six.

The Wizards (42-33), who clinched a playoff spot Monday, began play three games behind the Raptors for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Ish Smith tied his season high with 23 points and Isaiah Canaan added 18 for the 76ers (18-58), who have lost four straight overall and 18 of 19 on the road.

Washington dominated in their first of back-to-back games against the 76ers and Knicks - the bottom two teams in the conference - jumping out to a 13-4 lead and building from there.

Otto Porter started in place of Paul Pierce (rest) for Washington and finished with 15 points.

Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.

Smith scored eight early points and his scoop shot pulled the 76ers to within five at 15-10 midway through the quarter. Washington scored six straight, however and led 31-21 after one as Gortat scored 13 points in the quarter.

Beal capped a 10-0 Wizards run to open the second quarter when he blocked Luc Mbah a Moute's shot, came down with the ball and drove the length of the floor for a dunk.

Beal's jumper made 61-38 late in the second.

Washington shot 69 percent (29 of 42) in the half and collected 24 assists.

The Wizards cooled off in the second half, but still increased their lead to 34 points, 93-59, on Kevin Seraphin's step-back jumper late in the third.

Hollis Thompson (16 points) hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the last pulling Philadelphia to within 100-85 with 5:43 left, but the 76ers got no closer until the final minute.


76ers: Trail season series 2-1, with finale set for April 8 at Philadelphia. ... G Jason Richardson (left knee injury) returned after missing two games. ... The team toured the White House on their off day Tuesday.

Wizards: It was Wall's 38th double-double. ... Gortat hit his first eight shots on the way to his 20th double-double of the season. ... Pierce is averaging 4.6 points per game over his last five. ... F Kris Humphries returned after missing 16 games due to a groin injury. ... G Garrett Temple (right hamstring strain) missed his 11th game.

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ABC 7 WJLA Education - ABC 7 News - Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:06:35 EST

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The local and national attention around the special needs student asked to remove his East High School letter jacket continues to grow.

However, Michael Kelley's mother says this is no longer about her son, but a change in policy. Jolinda Kelley wants the school to give special needs students the opportunity to earn a varsity letter.

Michael loves basketball so much that his mom bought him a letter jacket to represent what he accomplished on the extracurricular special needs team, something the Kelleys never thought would be an issue.

":A staff member removed Michael's jacket and replaced it with a sweatshirt, because he hadn't earned the varsity letter,": said Jolinda.

However, Wichita Public Schools denies this. A spokesperson says the student did not have his jacket taken away. He still wears it today.

Jolinda spoke out about the incident Saturday afternoon at the Sedgwick County Park. She chose the location, because everyone can feel like a kid at the playground, and more importantly, they can feel included.

":I was shocked first and then I was spurred into action to do something about it,": said Jolinda.

The Kelleys say they are bringing this issue to the community's attention in hopes it will spur East High and the district to action. Their mission has gained the support of more than 35,000 signatures on an online petition drive in just a matter of days, and students from all over are sending Michael letter jackets from their schools.

":This is not about a letterman's jacket or a single student, it's about the school district creating a policy for all its schools that treats every student with the same level of equality and compassion,": added Jolinda.

Wichita Public Schools says it is talking about establishing new criteria.

":Just recently I got some commitments from board members in terms of a motion to approve participation requirements and what that should look like.": said Bryan Wilson, Wichita Public Schools.

Jolinda points out it's an opportunity that exists at other Kansas schools, even within her son's district, but not at East High. She says special needs students take just as much pride in their accomplishments and their school.

":If you look at actual policy it's not based directly on skill, it's based on everything else that you learn and take away from that sport,": she said.

The Kelley family says they will be at the Board of Education meeting on Monday to address their hopes of this policy change. Jolinda says board members have expressed the same interest.

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