State official: Not ‘1 iota’ of business drag from LGBT law

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MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina hasn’t seen “one iota” of bad economic impact from a law limiting protections for LGBT people despite high-profile losses of major sporting events and business ventures, the state’s top business official said Oct. 24.

The law requires transgender people to use restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates in many public buildings, and it excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

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NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

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NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

And the fallout may not be over.

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Gawker.com dies next week, killed by gay billionaire

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after nearly 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject.

The news – appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself – follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. Founder Nick Denton told staffers Aug. 18 that Gawker.com will come to an end next week. Twitter immediately went berserk in an unholy melange of shock, sadness and Schadenfreude.

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