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Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law

March 31 (Reuters) – Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike
Pence, responding to national outrage over the state’s new
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on Tuesday he will “fix”
it to make clear businesses cannot use it to deny services to
same-sex couples.

Pence, in a news conference, said the law he signed last
week had been widely mischaracterized and “smeared” but he
called on the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to
send a new law to his desk this week to fix it.

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law this week

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he
will “correct” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
this week to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny
services to same-sex couples.

Pence, a Republican, said the law he signed last week had
been widely misconstrued and mischaracterized, but he said he
was calling on the state’s Republican-controlled General
Assembly to send a new law to his desk this week to fix it.

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor to hold news conference on religious freedom law

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence will hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was condemned by business leaders and Democrats who say it could lead to discrimination against gays.

The news conference will be at 11 a.m. EDT, the governor’s office said in a brief advisory.

Mar 30, 2015

Indiana to clarify ‘religious freedom’ law, Georgia, North Carolina bills stall

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.

Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with a similar law, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co.

Mar 30, 2015

Indiana to clarify ‘religious freedom’ law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

March 30 (Reuters) – Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday
to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar
proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses
and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate
against gays.

Arkansas lawmakers, however, signalled they would move
forward with a similar law, even after Indiana was rebuked by
companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc,
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co.

Mar 30, 2015

Chicago National Guardsman to appear in court in plot case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A National Guardsman charged with plotting an attack on an Illinois military installation as part of a conspiracy to support Islamic State was due to appear in federal court on Monday for a hearing on whether he should remain in jail pending trial.

Chicago-area resident Hasan Edmonds, a 22-year-old Army National Guard Specialist, was arrested on Wednesday on federal charges.

Mar 30, 2015

Indiana lawmakers pledge to clarify religious freedom bill

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in Indiana pledged on
Monday to clarify a religious freedom bill that was slammed by
businesses and activists for sending a message of discrimination
against gays after it was passed last week.

Companies ranging from pharmaceuticals to retailers said the
law – passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-controlled Indiana
General Assembly – was bad for business because it sent a
discriminatory message. San Francisco and Seattle banned
official city employee travel to Indiana.

Mar 23, 2015

Chicago police use stop-and-frisk excessively: ACLU report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago Police Department, the second-largest in the country, uses excessive stop-and-frisk searches even though other cities have curbed the practice, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report published on Monday.

The ACLU said that its study of a four-month period last year showed “that African Americans are disproportionately subjected to stops when compared to their white counterparts. Black Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all stops, yet constitute just 32 percent of the city’s population.”

Mar 19, 2015

Racism, nude photos, vandalism and a death rock U.S. college fraternities

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cases of racism, hazing, nude photos, vandalism and a death have rocked U.S. college fraternities this week, with one of the country’s biggest groups pledging on Wednesday to root out discrimination and five frats shuttered over bad behaviour.

The 160-year-old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – with 15,000 student members – said it would try to wipe out racism and beef up its small minority membership through diversity training and swift punishment of inappropriate behaviour.

Mar 18, 2015

Racism, hazing, nude photos and vandalism rock U.S. college fraternities

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cases of racism, hazing, nude photos and vandalism rocked U.S. college fraternities this week, with one of the country’s biggest groups pledging on Wednesday to root out discrimination and three colleges shuttering other frats over bad behavior.

The 160-year-old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – with 15,000 student members – said it would try to wipe out racism and beef up its small minority membership through diversity training and swift punishment of inappropriate behavior.

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      "Fiona Ortiz is a general news correspondent for Reuters Americas based in Chicago and covering the Midwest. Previously, she was Reuters' chief correspondent in Madrid, where she covered political and economic news and ran a bureau of some 25 correspondents who wrote about everything from the debt crisis to sports. Fiona has been with Reuters since 1996 and has had assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Argentina."
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