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  • Why Obama must act on LGBT rights overseas

    Why Obama must act on LGBT rights overseas
    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God. Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed of a demonic urge to destroy civilization. Ten years later, the characterization of homosexual desire in Orthodox Judaism moved from a portrayal of vicious evil to a serious, but ordinary sin. Later, the language shifted from active sinfulness to sickness, as putative reparative therapies claimed to offer cures to what was deemed a mental illness. Recently, a majority of Orthodox rabbis have rejected these bogus therapeutic claims and some are beginning to describe homosexuality "as simply a part of the human condition."
  • Feds investigate whether Honda failed to disclose air-bag problem

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened an investigation into American Honda Motor Co., asking whether the automaker failed to report known problems with air bags made by Takata Corp. in a timely manner. Defective Takata air...

    Law firm that won Toyota safety settlement targets Takata air bags

    The law firm that negotiated a $1.6-billion class action settlement with Toyota in the 2013 sudden acceleration case -- and just filed suit against General Motors over that company's faulty ignition switch -- is now targeting Takata air bags and Honda....

    Medical labs to get new FDA oversight

    Medical labs to get new FDA oversight
    The Food & Drug Administration on Thursday announced it would step up its regulation of a class of lab tests that have been key in ushering in an era of personalized medicine -- a step the agency has long considered against strong opposition by small...

    GM victims' families, lawmakers blast recall delay, want tougher law

    GM victims' families, lawmakers blast recall delay, want tougher law
    WASHINGTON -- Families of victims of fatal crashes of General Motors Co. cars with faulty ignition switches on Tuesday sharply criticized the automaker for delays in recalling the vehicles and called for legislation to prevent a repeat. About two...