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- Black and white are the new orange at a county jail in Michigan
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the vibrant color associated with prisoners. The Saginaw County Jail is replacing its orange prisoner jumpsuits with horizontal black and white striped jumpsuits because the popular prison life series "Orange Is the New Black" has led locals to make fashion choices inspired by the behind-bars set, a sheriff said. It's not cool to be an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail," Sheriff William Federspiel told Reuters. Some of the 500 jail inmates in the central Michigan county have complained about the new jumpsuits, Federspiel said.
- Grieving father of MH17 victim pens open letter to Putin
- Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties
JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.
- Obama’s LGBT Executive Order Threatens Religious Liberty, Say Advocates
Unwilling to wait for Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, Obama signed an executive order Monday prohibiting organizations with federal contracts from discriminating against employees who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or transgender. For religious freedom advocates, that could pose a major problem. Obama’s order does not provide an exemption for religious organizations, whereas the ENDA bill before Congress does. Carmen Fowler LaBerge — president of the Presbyterian Layman Committee – set aside her ordination in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. after the General Assembly opened the door for gays and lesbians to be ordained as ministers in 2010.
- CFO: Sterling can't pay debt without Clippers sale
- Sinkhole threatens to swallow Florida neighborhood
- Why Legos keep washing up on a British beach
- Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza
US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews Sunday. Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the "Fox News Sunday" political talk show. The Palestinian death toll topped 500 on Sunday as Israel pressed a ground offensive into the densely packed Gaza Strip after two weeks of aerial attacks. When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel's right to self-defense.