A coalition of more than 150 businesses from around the state will lobby the Indiana legislature for an LGBT equality law.
The trend of growing income inequality has hit the demographics of the country. The middle class, which for 40 years has represented a majority of the country and provided the economic engine of prosperity, is now just half the country, according to a Pew Research Center report. The result could have profound implications for the economic and social dynamics of the country.
Roughly two million households have dropped out of holiday gift spending altogether, the 2014 Survey of Affluence and Wealth from Time Inc. and YouGov revealed (this data was not measured this year). That means that nearly 9% of American families will not participate in holiday gift-giving.
Barack Obama failed to mention Jesus in his description of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and its message about the true meaning of Christmas during ABC's "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown."
As Americans enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers this year, about half (49%) say they would like to lose weight. This is down from readings near 60% from 2001 to 2008.
Paid parental leave has become one of the most talked about issues in 2015. Netflix just revised its already expanded policy to offer between 12-16 weeks off to its hourly workers. Other tech companies have amended their policies this year, too.
Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch. But hard on their heels comes the afternoon crowd: craft beer-drinking, NFL-watching football fans. Such a scene would have been impossible just months ago because Sunday alcohol sales were long illegal in Sylacauga, hometown of both the actor who played TV's Gomer Pyle and the white marble used to construct the U.S. Supreme Court building. While the central Alabama city of 12,700 has only one hospital, four public schools and 21 red lights, the chamber of commerce directory lists 78 churches.
A restaurant in eastern China has been caught charging customers an "air cleaning fee" on top of their food bills.
The NCAA has thrown its considerable heft behind efforts to get Indiana lawmakers to add LGBT civil rights protections into state law, announcing Wednesday that it joined a coalition of businesses that is pushing for the change. "The NCAA national office in Indianapolis supports making Indiana a welcoming and inclusive place for people to work, live and enjoy," Bernard Franklin, NCAA chief inclusion officer, said in a statement. He added that the NCAA was "proud" to join the group Indiana Competes to help "establish fair and equitable policies for all."
A group of deep-pocketed Silicon Valley investors committed $1 billion to ensure that artificial intelligence serves societal needs rather than commercial interests. The commitment announced on Friday will fund a non-profit research firm called OpenAI Inc., where researchers will be unencumbered by the pressures of for-profit companies and grant-writing duties of academia.