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Indiana governor defends religious freedom law

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC's "This Week," sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. "It does not apply to disputes between individuals, unless government action is involved." Supporters say the law, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-led state legislature, will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against their strongly held religious beliefs. The Indiana law has drawn criticisms from companies such as Angie's List Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc , tech industry chiefs including openly gay Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and the White House.


Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93

FILE - This April 22, 1977 file photo shows director Gene Saks in New York. Saks, the Tony Award-winning director who brought to life many of Neil Simon’s works onstage and on screen, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, his son said. He was 93. (AP Photo/Marty Reichenthal, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Award-winning director who brought to life many of Neil Simon's works onstage and on screen has died.


Goldilocks Wasn't a (Happy) Runner

Goldilocks Wasn't a (Happy) RunnerI could be wrong, but if I had to guess, I'd say Goldilocks would not have been a happy runner. Too hot. Too cold. Too wet. Too windy. Too tired. Too long. Too short. Too hilly.A few weekends ago I laced up for an 18-mile run. Two weeks before I had just run the Austin Marathon -- pacing my husband for the first time. I didn't have a...


Utility found 'hazardous situation' in gas link before New York blast

A car sits amongst the rubble after an explosion destroyed four buildings in New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday. The crew was sent to the building after a Con Edison worker reading gas meters smelled gas on Aug. 6 in the basement, said Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that the blast was possibly tied to someone "inappropriately" tapping into a gas line. The owner of the sushi restaurant where the explosion occurred told The New York Times that utility workers determined that gas intended for his restaurant was being siphoned off illegally for use in newly renovated apartments upstairs.


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