New HIV vaccine trial to start in South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A new vaccine against HIV, to be tested in a trial to be launched in South Africa Wednesday, could be “the final nail in the coffin” for the disease if it is successful, scientists say.

The study, called HVTN 702, aims to enroll 5,400 sexually active men and women aged between 18 and 35 at 15 sites across South Africa.

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Tentative trial date set for suspended Alabama Chief Justice

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A court has set a tentative date for the trial of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

An order released Aug. 1 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary says Moore’s trial on judicial ethics charges will begin Sept. 28 if the case isn’t over before then.

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Sex abuse case settlement denied for gay rights activist

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A judge isn’t letting Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean settle a teen sex abuse case out of court.

The Register-Guard reports 66-year-old Bean and his ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Kiah Lawson, have pleaded not guilty and are being tried Aug. 11 on felony sex abuse charges.

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Egypt judge says verdict next week in gay bathhouse raid trial

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CAIRO (AP) — The judge in the trial of 26 men arrested in Egypt in a televised raid by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse says he’ll announce a verdict next week after only three hearings.

The judge said Jan. 5 he’ll announce the verdict Jan. 12. Such quick verdicts are common in Egypt’s misdemeanor courts.

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Florida clerks warned against issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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Miami – The association representing Florida’s 67 court clerks warned Dec. 16 that a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage only applies now in one Panhandle county.

Lawyers for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers said in a statement Dec. 16 that Washington County is the only place named in the federal lawsuit. Clerks in all other counties, according to the association, aren’t bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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Defense: Gay FAMU student’s death a contest, not hazing

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Defense attorneys for four Florida A&M band members charged in a drum major’s death said the state’s anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened on the band bus can be considered a contest, not hazing.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion, of Decatur, Georgia. All but the four remaining defendants have had their cases settled.

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‘Decision Day’ gatherings planned across Florida to celebrate ruling on marriage equality

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Florida’s LGBT community and supporters are still waiting for the ruling that could change their lives.

A lawsuit was filed back in January by six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute in the state courts of Miami, stating that Amendment 2 in the Florida Constitution banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Miami Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel heard arguments in that case July 2 and has yet to issue a ruling.

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No trial planned in Arizona same-sex marriage case

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PHOENIX (AP) – Lawyers for Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage want a judge to decide the case without a trial.

The attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on July 7 they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

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Trial challenging Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge in Harrisburg says he’ll schedule a June trial for a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III told lawyers in the case Nov. 22 that he would set a trial date and a timetable for pre-trial discovery and depositions soon.

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Group launches long-term global AIDS trial

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An international group devoted to pediatric AIDS treatment is taking on a long-term global trial in hopes of replicating the success a University of Mississippi Medical Center researcher achieved in curing a baby born to an HIV-positive woman.

And although Dr. Hannah Gay, Mississippi’s leading pediatric AIDS specialist, won’t be directly involved, “I will be following it with great interest,” she said. “I’m certainly really excited about what’s going on.”

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