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'Duck Dynasty' Star 'Trying to Figure Out' If Gays Are Really Born This Way

By Jason St. Amand | Dec 18
A year after "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments, the reality star's son, Willie Robertson, said he's "trying to figure out" if being gay is a choice or not.

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Hate Group Condemns Justice Dept. For Protecting Trans Workers

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Dec 19
The move this week by the Justice Department to extend workplace protections to transgender employees has the SPLC designated hate group Family Research Council in an uproar.

NJ Transgender Student Can Use Boys' Restroom

NATIONAL | Dec 19
A transgender student in New Jersey who gave up his female identity says his school reversed course and will now allow him to use the boys' restroom.

'7th Heaven' Actor Stephen Collins Denies He's a Pedophile

NATIONAL | By Frazier Moore | Dec 19
Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.

'The Interview' Jeopardizes Overseas Movie Villains

INTERNATIONAL | By Lindsey Bahr | Dec 19
In the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction.

Stephen Colbert Retires His 'Report' and the Host He Played

POLITICS | By Frazier Moore | Dec 19
Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis Dies

RELIGION | Dec 19
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.

A Post-Election Flurry: Obama Tests His Powers

POLITICS | By Jim Kuhnhenn | Dec 19
With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.

Victory for Plaintiff in China Gay Conversion Case

INTERNATIONAL | Dec 19
A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.

Filipino Family Wants US Marine in Local Jail During Trial

CRIME | By Oliver Teves | Dec 19
A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during trial.

Obama Reignites Political Debate Over Cuba

INTERNATIONAL | By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples | Dec 18
The surprising move by Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans eyeing the White House.

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