Spectators watch proceedings in Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s courtroom.

Challenge to Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Heard

By Chuck Bartels | Apr 18
Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing that he expected to issue a ruling within two weeks.

New Oregon Marriage Licenses Read For Same-Sex Couples

Apr 18
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on gay marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples.

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop.

Judge Asks Pointed Questions in Gay Marriage Case

By Kristi Eaton and Nicholas Riccardi | Apr 18
A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

A coat of arms and a corporate logo of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc

Fraternity Shuts Ole Miss Branch After Noose Tying

By Jeff Amy | Apr 18
A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

This year’s WPPS continues to impress.

WPPS :: The DJs Bring All the Boys to the Yard (Part 2)

By BeBe Sweetbriar | Apr 18
Continuing our very own BeBe Sweetbriar’s 25th Anniversary look at this year’s White Party Palm Springs incredible DJ line-up! Featuring two more of the most renowned names on the Circuit!

MoneyWatch :: New App for Caffeine Junkies

Apr 18
There’s a new app, called Cups, that lets you pay $45 a month for unlimited coffee from dozens of independent coffee shops. Right now the app is only available in New York and there is one limitation: Users have to wait 30 minutes before ordering another.

Royal Caribbean Chief on Getting Customers Back

Apr 18
Trust in the cruise industry is down 12 percent since last year and 13 percent say they’re less likely to book a cruise. Adam Goldstein, newly-named president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., talks.

’The Finisher’ Author David Baldacci on Young Adult Audience

Apr 18
The best-selling author of the new novel "The Target" is also the writer behind a new young adult book called "The Finisher." Baldacci discusses the importance of reading and what he hopes to impart to his young fans.

Barack Obama in the Oval Office replica at the LBJ library

Obama Ties LBJ’s Civil Rights Legacy to LGBT Americans

By Justin Snow | Apr 18
President Barack Obama embraced Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil rights legacy Thursday in a speech that credited the former president with helping to open the doors to equality for countless Americans, including those who are LGBT.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

By Mike Halterman | Apr 18
Sometimes it can feel like this blessed time is here only for a few days, but we have a good few weeks left to enjoy springtime. Here are a few things you can do to get your home energized for this fun time of year.