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Drag performers dress down Facebook over ‘real names’ policy

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Drag performers (from left) Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco drag performers are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and ...

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Online web filter ending longtime block on mainstream gay websites

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with adult content, blocking both from web surfers using ...

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Apple reveals long-anticipated ‘smartwatch’ and new, larger iPhones

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that aims to put many of the functions of a smartphone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length from the wearer's eyes. The Apple Watch, the company's first completely new product in four years and its first wearable device, is also Apple's...

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Puerto Rico partners on U.S. project to develop HIV vaccine

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor says the island's largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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Iowa couple marries after 72 years together

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo, Rev. Linda Hunsaker presides over the wedding of Vivian Boyack, left, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, center, in Davenport, Iowa. More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, got married.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married. Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times. “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told ...

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Cerebral palsy, wheelchair won’t stop Andrew from going to a gay club

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
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When Andrew Morrison-Gurza, age 19 at the time, was preparing to go to a gay bar for the first time, he did what most young gay men do: He had a friend over, talked about what to wear, and put on some pre-party music. Andrew recalls: "We made a bunch of mix CDs with a bunch of early-2000s pop songs on it, like Christina Aguilera and all those things, and I just thought...

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Martina Navratilova proposal broadcast on big screen at US Open

| Saturday, September 6, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Tennis great Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of Arthur Ashe Stadium between the U.S. Open men's semifinals. Navratilova popped the question to Julia Lemigova in the Tennis Channel suite Saturday, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd. "I was very nervous," Navratilova said later. "It came off. She said yes. It was kind of an ...

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Owner takes pride in Southern Indiana’s only gay bar

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Matt McMahan has owned a few restaurants and bars, but his latest New Albany venture is a real source of 'pride.' The newly renovated Pride Bar + Lounge, 504 State St., is the only LGBT-friendly bar he knows of in southern Indiana. When it opens Friday, McMahan says, it will fill a gap left when the bar's previous owner closed early last month.

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Hotels making record profits on growing list of surcharges

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't need the in-room safe? You're likely still paying. And the overpriced can of soda ...

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In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data when its stored in the ‘cloud’

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were able to figure out usernames and passwords and bypass...

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