Wednesday, February 21, 2018

France plans to introduce gay marriage legislation

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Illnesses reported in an outbreak of fungal meningitis, according to the latest update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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States affected, including Florida

France plans law on same-sex marriage

France's government plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would let homosexual couples marry and adopt children. Such a law would make France the 12th country to legalize gay marriage, and the biggest country — both in population and economy — to do so. Since 2001, countries that have legalized same-sex marriage are Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. In France, polls show wavering support for the proposal and for President Francois Hollande, the chief advocate, amid increasingly vocal opposition in the majority Catholic country.

Millions on the table for innovative cities

Twenty cities are finalists in a $9 million urban-innovation contest created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that he hopes will generate ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The list announced on Monday by his Bloomberg Philanthropies includes big cities (Boston and Chicago) and smaller ones (High Point, N.C., and Springfield, Ore.) The finalists were picked from more than 300 applicants, and no Florida city made the list. The 20 cities will now compete for a $5 million grand prize and four $1 million awards.

Associated Press

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