2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Summer Travel

Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 12:04pm

School’s out, the mercury’s rising and, for some folks, tax refunds have yet to be spent. What does this mean for millions of Americans? Time to plan their perfect summer getaways. Americans of all ages — but Baby Boomers and Traditionalists especially — plan to travel and increase their travel spending this summer compared with the same time in 2014, according to travel and tourism research firm D.K. Shifflet & Associates.

And while the younger generations also intend to boost their travels during the warmer months, their budgets tend to...

Boozy culture of college life a big factor in unwanted sex

Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 11:44am

Beer pong, body shots and keg stands. Fraternity parties, house parties and bar crawls. 

College, for many students, is a generously spiked four years.

And with all that alcohol comes an increased risk of sexual violence, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll that provides new evidence of the link between intoxication and sexual assault.

Heavy drinking is one of the most significant predictors of sexual assault in college, according to the poll of 1,053 current and recent college students. Analysis of the results found that women who say they sometimes or often drink more than they...

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Lesbian couple sues Employee Retirement System of Texas for denying health coverage

Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 11:42am

While Texas’ battle to prohibit same-sex marriage continues to be waged in federal courts, a gay couple has opted not to wait on the final outcome, filing suit against the state on Thursday for denying health care coverage.

Through Lambda Legal, Deborah Leliaert and Paula Woolworth filed suit against the board of trustees for the Employee Retirement System of Texas on June 11 in the U.S. District Court for Western Texas, Austin Division.

A national organization, Lambda Legal represents the rights of the gay community through...

Same-Sex Couple Suing Employee Retirement System of Texas Over Spousal Health Insurance Coverage

Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 11:41am

A same-sex couple is suing the Employee Retirement System of Texas. The federal suit seeks spousal health insurance coverage.

The University of North Texas did not provide coverage for the same-sex spouse of a university administrator. According to the couple, the university cited Texas marriage laws as the reason.

Without the spousal health benefits, the couple has to buy a second policy.

"Every day, I go to work and I look around me at the University of North Texas, and I see my colleagues who have different sex partners, insuring them, and not having the same financial burden I have," said Deborah Liliaert...

Inside a Texas biker gang funeral

Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - 10:37am

Nine people died in Waco, Texas, in May after a shootout between warring motorcycle gangs at restaurant car park - but is such violence an aberration or part and parcel of such groups?

"Look at it now, it's such a tranquil place. It was the same that Sunday afternoon, until all hell broke loose."

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara stands outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, the scene of a deadly shoot-out between biker gangs. He points to where the carnage happened.

"You could see bodies lying about - one was right there on the grass, five here on the parking lot,...