Denver Zoo shares the story of same-sex flamingo couple Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury

(CNN)The bands *NSYNC and Queen might not have a lot of crossover in the music world, but they do at the Denver Zoo where two same-sex flamingos — named Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury — share a love story. Before the two coupled, Willis said, Freddie was paired with a female American flamingo. Although the pair can’t reproduce, the zoo said they may still expand their family.The couple can “act as surrogate parents if a breeding pair is unable to raise their chick for any reason,” the zoo said on Facebook. In the meantime, Willis said they have been getting parenting practice by incubating a “dummy” egg. They wouldn’t be the first same-sex avian couple to raise a chick. Last …

Couple’s baby joy after 13 miscarriages

It was in 2008 the couple suffered the heartbreak of their first miscarriage. They said when it happened a third time, they knew something was wrong. Doctors advised them to keep trying but, after their fourth pregnancy ended, they were referred to Prof Quenby at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire’s Biomedical Research Unit. Image copyright Laura Worsley Image caption Laura and Dave kept the pregnancy a secret for fear of experiencing another loss Prof Quenby said they used steroids to suppress Laura’s immune system to allow the pregnancy to progress beyond 24 weeks, when babies have a chance of surviving. Drugs helped stop her blood clotting. “The steroids do have side effects,” said Prof Quenby. “But we both decided …

I’m not aiming for no deal, says Johnson

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson: Brexit delay means defeat Boris Johnson has said he is “not aiming for a no-deal outcome” for Brexit at the launch of his campaign for the Tory leadership. But he said leaving no deal on the table was a “vital tool of negotiation” and the UK “must do better than the current withdrawal agreement”. “Delay means defeat, delay means Corbyn,” he said, saying the UK must leave the EU on 31 October. But Chancellor Philip Hammond said it was “impossible” to leave by then. “I think it’s not sensible for candidates to box themselves into a corner on this,” Mr Hammond told a Bloomberg conference. Who will replace Theresa May? Mr …

A white campground employee is fired after pulling a gun on a black couple looking for a picnic site

(CNN)A Mississippi campground facility has fired a white employee accused of pulling a gun on a black couple trying to find a picnic site. “This lady literally just pulled a gun because we out here and didn’t have reservationsfor a lake we didn’t even know we had to have reservations for,” Jessica Richardson said in the video. “The only thing you had to do was tell us to leave, we would have left, you did not have to pull a gun.” CNN has reached out to the couple. Information on the unidentified employee was not immediately available. Employee puts gun back into her pocket In the video, the unidentified woman asked the couple to leave before she put the gun …

Former NXIVM Member Says Allison Mack Told Her To ‘Go Be A Good Slave’

NXIVM sex cult for the group’s leader Keith Raniere, a former member testified in court on Monday. CNN. Nicole’s boyfriend at the time suggested she take a program of courses offered by NXIVM in upstate New York that  In February 2016, Nicole said, Mack invit Nicole said Mack told her that in order to learn about the group, she’d  New York Post. After Nicole signed all the papers, she said, Mack told her “the Vow” would be a lifetime commitment and she’d have to be branded. master-slave relationship, and that Nicole was forbidden to sleep with her then-boyfriend and was to remain celibate for three months. “[Mack] said that she couldn’t let me out no matter how hard I cried …

Football coach jailed for child abuse

Image caption Victim Billy Seymour died in a car crash in January Mr Seymour, a Southampton youth player who went on to play for Coventry City and Millwall, had waived his right to anonymity to speak publicly. He gave evidence at last year’s trial but was killed in a car crash in January before Higgins’ retrial. On Tuesday, his mother Jean read his victim impact statement, written before his death, to the court. Addressed to Higgins, it said: “I am sick to my stomach of giving you any more thought. I have been a broken man. You have debilitated my whole life. “The mist is clearing. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. “I will beat …

Court Upholds Ruling Against Washington Florist Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple

Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state courts had not acted with religious animus when they held that a florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. “We are thrilled that the Court has reaffirmed its ruling in our favor,” Freed and Ingersoll said in a statement. “Discrimination hurts, especially while planning what should be one of the happiest times of your life. We hope that this ruling will prevent what happened to us from happening to others.” Previously, the Washington Supreme Court had upheld the Benton County Superior Court in ruling that Stutzman’s actions violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Under these laws, …

Colorado couple: We were sickened at same Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died

(CNN)As authorities investigate the unexplained deaths of three Americans at a resort in the Dominican Republic, a Colorado couple who stayed at the same facility last year said they became violently ill after being exposed to what they suspect were insecticides spread through the air conditioning system. Last month, Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63 and Cynthia Day, 49, were found unresponsive in their hotel room at the resort in La Romana. Authorities in the Dominican Republic said a preliminary autopsy found that the couple suffered respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, caused by excess lung fluid. Day also suffered a cerebral edema. Five days earlier, 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner died in her room with her husband nearby. The couples checked in on the …

Campground Worker Who Pulled Gun On Black Couple Charged With A Crime

pulled a gun on a black couple having a picnic at the campground where she worked. The Starkville Daily News reported. “This lady literally just pulled a gun because we out here and didn’t have reservations for a lake that we didn’t even know we had to have reservation for,” Jessica said in the video. posted on her Facebook page with video of the incident from earlier that day. The Richardsons say the campground’s front office had told them they didn’t need reservations to picnic by the lake when they first arrived. Then Howell showed up minutes later and treated them like they were “a dog,” Jessica “She was just like, ‘get, get, you don’t belong here, you don’t belong …

Lesbian Couple Sues South Carolina After Being Rejected As Foster Parents

The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of civil rights groups on behalf of married couple Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch, including Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina and the South Carolina Equality Coalition. granted a waiver to federally funded groups in South Carolina allowing them to deny applicants based on their faith or sexual orientation. “We work hard to raise our own two girls in a loving and stable home,” Welch, who has two daughters with Rogers, said in a statement Thursday. “Faith is a part of our family life, so it is hurtful and insulting to us that Miracle Hill’s religious view of what a family must look like deprives foster children …

Parents celebrate with ’empty nest’ photo shoot after youngest child moves out

“The funny signs were ALL my mom’s idea & I think that’s what really mad the pictures so funny!” photographer Haley Jones said.  (Haley Marie Photography) “We have a crazy sense of humor and we just thought it would be funny to do something like this,” the photographer added to Fox 35. In the series of silly pictures, the happy couple was all smiles as they proudly held a sign reading “Empty nesters, June 1, 2019” in front of their house. They were also photographed hugging their dogs, Marley and Buck (otherwise known as the “favorite kids”) and giggling alongside an “Expecting zero kids” note as they posed with a trendy, oversized balloon. “Most parents are a little sad when they hit the …

Bayer Must Pay $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Cancer Trial

It was the third consecutive U.S. jury verdict against the company in litigation over the chemical, which Bayer acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto last year. Both other jury verdicts also came in California, one in state court and one in federal court. It awarded $18 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to Alva Pilliod, and $37 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to his wife, Alberta Pilliod. The jury found Roundup had been defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide’s cancer risk and that the company acted negligently. Bayer in a statement said it was disappointed with the verdict and will appeal, adding that both …

Campground Manager Fired For Pulling Gun On Black Couple Having Picnic

Jessica Richardson, 26, and her husband, Franklin Richardson, 28, say they had been looking for a place to enjoy the vistas of Oktibbeha County Lake in eastern Mississippi with their dog over Memorial Day weekend. told local CBS affiliate WCBI. That’s when Jessica pulled out her cellphone and recorded a video of the exchange that went viral after she “This lady literally just pulled a gun because we out here and didn’t have reservations for a lake that we didn’t even know we had to have reservation for,” Jessica said in the video. Click below to watch the video. “We didn’t know, ma’am,” Franklin can be heard saying. “Well, I’m just telling you you need to leave because it’s under …

Patriotic ‘Trade War’ Song Goes Viral In China

trade wars might not be so easy to win after all, despite what President China aimed at America is going viral now that Trump has  The song, “Trade War,” was written by retired Chinese official Zhao Liangtian, who says he now has 200,000 followers on his social media account, reports Channel News Asia. “Trade War! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! A trade war is happening over the Pacific Ocean,” the lyrics say. “If the perpetrator wants to fight, we will beat him out of his wits.” Mao Zedong era, with marching Chinese soldiers, explosions and a large fist. The tune is from a well-known wartime anti-Japanese propaganda song from a 1960s film called “Tunnel War,” The song was initially posted …

NI’s ‘oldest married couple’ going strong

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe pair of 100-year-olds are still in love after 76 years Nellie Graham is celebrating her 100th birthday and she is in good company. Her husband, Joe, marked the same milestone last August. The County Antrim pair, who still live independently at their Randalstown bungalow, are thought to be Northern Ireland’s oldest married couple. Married on 23 September 1942 in the middle of World War Two, this year marks their 77th wedding anniversary. Centenarian shares secrets of long life Surge in number of centenarians living in Northern Ireland Georgina McKeown: From champion cyclist to centenarian They met at school and have been inseparable ever since. Image caption Mr and Mrs Graham share …