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Rural School Suspends 5th-Graders for Role in 'Gang'

At least 4 could be expelled for rest of school year

(Newser) - A rural school in the small Indiana town of Bunker Hill, home to just 888 people, is down four students after they were suspended for suspected gang activity. The kicker: They're believed to be between 10 and 11 years old. Though Maconaquah Elementary School is still investigating the incident,... More »

Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Indiana County Struggles With 100-Plus HIV Cases

Outbreak in rural Scott County tied to sharing of needles

(Newser) - More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles. The state's Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. All of... More »

Indiana's Memories Pizza Reopens—$842K Richer

Owner Kevin O'Connor says his views on gay marriage haven't changed

(Newser) - Memories Pizza is open and ready to serve once again, assuming you're not a gay couple looking for a wedding caterer. The Indiana pizzeria gained either fame or infamy , depending on your views, after the owner backed the state's controversial religious freedom law and said he would happily... More »

Santorum: Should Gay Printers Have to Make Westboro Signs?

He invokes 'God Hates Fags' church in RFRA debate

(Newser) - Rick Santorum has weighed in on the debate over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act using what appears to have been the most provocative comparison he could think of. "Tolerance is a two-way street," he told CBS News yesterday, arguing that businesses should have the "ability to... More »

Funds Still Pouring In for Memories Pizza: $840K

Co-owner's anti-gay comments in Indiana generates windfall

(Newser) - It's still not clear when or even if a small-town pizzeria will reopen after being caught up in the controversy over Indiana's religious freedom law, but the owners are getting a massive cushion in the meantime. The online fundraising campaign for Memories Pizza in Walkerton has now passed... More »

Arkansas, Indiana Put Revised Laws on the Books

Lawmakers in both states modify legislation after uproar over gay rights

(Newser) - New "religious freedom" laws are now on the books in Arkansas and Indiana—they're just not as controversial as they used to be after lawmakers toned them down. In Indiana, for example, an amendment clarifies that the law can't be used to refuse service to gay people,... More »

Please, Internet, Calm Down About Indiana Pizza Shop

Bloggers: This out-of-proportion abuse is crazy

(Newser) - So the owners of a small-town pizzeria in Indiana responded to a question by saying they would not cater a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs. Bigoted and small-minded? Lots of people think so. But worthy of arson threats , death threats, and merciless, unrelenting online harassment? Apparently so, according... More »

Here's How Indiana GOP Wants to 'Clarify' the RFRA

Republicans, business leaders to announce clarifying measure

(Newser) - Those calling for a "fix" are getting it, Indiana's top Republicans said at a press conference this morning. Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma announced changes this morning that "clarify" the state's controversial new religious freedom law and aim to protect... More »

Indiana Pizzeria Owners Are 'in Hiding, Basically'

As a high school coach is suspended over a tweet

(Newser) - The owners of the pizzeria in Walkerton, Ind., that told a local TV station they would refuse to cater a gay wedding has seen their world turn upside down since Tuesday night. In an interview with TheBlaze TV , Crystal O'Connor says Memories Pizza has been closed since the comments... More »

Suggested Dues for First Church of Cannabis: $4.20

Founder Bill Levin's response to Indiana law puts pot front and center

(Newser) - The first commandment of Indiana's newest religious establishment is pretty straightforward: "Don't be an asshole ." The First Church of Cannabis—given the thumbs-up as a religious corporation by Indiana's secretary of state after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week—also... More »

Indiana Pizzeria Hammered for Gay-Wedding Comments

Memories Pizza of Walkerton tells news station it wouldn't cater gay nuptials

(Newser) - We've heard plenty of public outcry about Gov. Mike Pence signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week. So who is cheering the law on? A family-owned pizza joint in Walkerton, Indiana. "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their... More »

The Indianapolis Star Puts It Bluntly: 'Fix This Now'

The 'NYT,' 'WSJ' weigh in, too

(Newser) - "Only bold action—action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens—will be enough to reverse the damage," write the editors at the Indianapolis Star today. And bold action is what they took: Their editorial... More »

Indiana Gov: Law Has Been 'Grossly Misconstrued'

Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz offer support for RFRA; 'Indy Star' editors want a fix

(Newser) - Indiana governor Mike Pence is setting the record straight: Though the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "has been grossly misconstrued as a 'license to discriminate,'" its stated purpose is to guarantee "that Indiana law will respect religious freedom," he writes at the Wall Street Journal... More »

All the Fallout Happening to Indiana

Cities, businesses, bands join RFRA boycott

(Newser) - As Apple CEO Tim Cook warned , Indiana's controversial new Religious Freedom Restoration Act is turning out to be pretty bad for business, with companies, cities, and at least one other state joining a boycott. Among those shunning the state over the law, which critics say could allow businesses to... More »

Driver Blindly Follows GPS Off Bridge, Kills Wife: Cops

Couple managed to drive past warnings and barriers: officials

(Newser) - A stark reminder to not let your GPS rule your common sense: In East Chicago, Indiana, a man drove off a ramp to a bridge that no longer exists, injuring himself and killing his wife, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Husband Iftikhar Hussain, 64, was the one at the... More »

Tim Cook Slams 'Dangerous' Indiana Law

Apple will stand up against discrimination, he says

(Newser) - Laws like the recently passed Indiana one allowing businesses to refuse gay customers on the grounds of religious freedom are bad for business and bad for America, Tim Cook warns. In a Washington Post op-ed, the Apple CEO says a "very dangerous" wave of legislation in more than two... More »

Indiana Governor Won't Answer Discrimination Question

George Stephanopoulos tries again and again

(Newser) - "We are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there's a way to clarify the intent of the law." That from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who yesterday spoke to the Indianapolis Star about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And in an appearance on ABC'... More »

Indiana Businesses Could Now Refuse Gay Customers

Gov. Mike Pence signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

(Newser) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law—in a ceremony that was held behind closed doors for "no particular reason," says his rep . What it is, and what it means for Indiana, per the AP and Indianapolis Star :
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HIV Epidemic Strikes an Indiana County

Needle-sharing fueled the outbreak

(Newser) - In one southern Indiana county, at least 72 people have been diagnosed with HIV since December. The Scott County "epidemic" has been fueled by opiate addicts sharing needles, and it's moving fast—another seven residents have tested "preliminary positive," and Reuters reports that officials fear the... More »

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