The latest on the wedding cake beat: The state of Oregon has formally ruled that a bakery in Gresham discriminated against a gay couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries could fine the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed its doors and become a home bakery in response to the controversy, up to $150,000.
In an ad during the Super Bowl, McDonald’s revealed a new initiative just before Valentine’s Day which will afford some lucky customers a new way to pay.
On January 25, a Maplewood, Minnesota, man allegedly pinned down his ex-girlfriend, punched her in the face, and then got shot when she pressed a gun to his chest and pulled the trigger.
An argument that escalated into gunfire could have turned deadly for the 20 people who were eating at a Vietnamese restaurant in Houston Sunday night if not for the actions of an armed patron.
One man’s plan to shoot a 9 mm gun in his own backyard began is now backfiring as neighbors claimed it’s not safe given how many children live nearby. But police say they can’t do anything to stop it because the man is merely exercising his Second Amendment right.
During a campaign rally in 2008, U.S. senator and presidential candidate Obama said that the science on vaccinations was “inconclusive,” though he included himself among those “suspicious” of connections between vaccines and autism:
Dr. Ben Carson, a possible 2016 presidential candidate and one of the nation’s most prominent pediatric neurosurgeons, took a different approach to vaccines than his two possible rivals, Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
1. BUFFETT TAX: Reprising billionaire Warren Buffett’s gripe that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary — because ordinary income is taxed at higher rates than capital gains — the White House wants millionaires to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent. The contrast between taxes on wages and investment was highlighted during the 2012 campaign, when Mitt Romney’s relatively low tax rate became an albatross for the Republican candidate. Would raise $35 billion.