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Thursday, June 13, 2024

An appellate panel of the Eighth Circuit convened Wednesday to hear arguments over an uncommon question: can you claim insurance benefits for catching a sexually transmitted disease from car sex? A Missouri woman going by M.O. thinks so. In February 2021 she sent insurance company Geico a $1 million bodily injury claim after her partner M.B. " a Geico policyholder " infected her with HPV in his 2014 Hyundai Genesis. But the couple hadn't used protection, and Geico denied her infection was its responsibility. The District Court of Western Missouri agreed. Geico brought the issue to the federal court in April 2021, and in March 2023 U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. decided the case in the insurance company's favor. "Upon review of the parties' arguments, the court finds that consensual sexual relations inside a car do not constitute a 'use' of the automobile within the meaning of the subject policy," Gaitan wrote in his decision.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Florida ranks fifth in the country for education based on an annual report released Monday, June 10 by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book measures child welfare in each state in the country. According to its latest analysis, Florida ranks number five when it comes to education. Foundation Director Lisa Hamilton said that's because Florida kids outperform the other states when it comes to math and reading proficiency, and the number of students graduating on time. "So while there might be lots of conversation in [Florida] about what the curriculum is or what's actually happening in the classroom, what it suggests is that Florida is doing a good job of keeping its eye on the ball of making sure that its children hit these particular milestones," Hamilton said.


Monday, June 10, 2024

A Pakistani man who tried to open the country's first gay club has been sent to a mental hospital. His friends say that they are very worried about his safety but have been restricted from visiting him or learning more information. "I do not know about his well-being for many days," they said to The Telegraph. They also said that they had "tried to find out about him a couple of times but without success." The man declined to give his identity to The Telegraph. He had applied to open up the club in Abbottabad, which is a very conservative region of Pakistan. Gay sex is illegal in Pakistan and punishable by up to two years in prison, though it rarely is. Homosexuality is looked down upon, which makes being openly gay difficult. According to his friend, the man's sexuality was known in his community, but there had never been any issues.


Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Democrats in the California State Legislature are proposing to pass the so-called "Opportunity for All Act" (CA Assembly Bill 2586) that will direct the University of California system - which is the largest agency of the state government - to begin hiring illegal immigrants for taxpayer-funded state jobs. Assembly Bill 2586 provides state government jobs at taxpayers' expense for illegal immigrants. Specifically, it mandates that illegal immigrants with no U.S. work authorization should be given access to apply for and take jobs provided through taxpayer-funded universities run by the state government. California Democrats have fast-tracked passage of AB 2586. It passed the Assembly by a 59-4 vote and now heads to the State Senate. Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California and a candidate for State Assembly, criticized the bill for incentivizing illegal immigration. read more


Monday, June 03, 2024

The Maldives government plans to ban Israelis from the country, as public anger has risen in the Indian Ocean country over the war in Gaza. The Maldives president has "resolved to impose a ban on Israeli passports," a spokesperson said Sunday. The country was visited by almost 11,000 Israelis last year. Israel's foreign ministry recommended that its citizens not travel to the Maldives, and advised those in the country to consider leaving. It's the latest diplomatic snub for Israel over its military campaign in Gaza. Elsewhere, Turkey banned imports and exports from Israel, several European countries have announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state, and key partners in the Middle East have recalled their ambassadors in the wake of the war. read more


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