February 21st, 2014
09:33 PM ET

Protesters rally against Arizona's controversial anti-gay bill

(CNN) - Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner who vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service.

"I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don't work with," Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. "But I don't know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don't want to do business or if I don't want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I'm not interested. That's America. That's freedom."

As expected, the measure has drawn criticism from Democrats and business groups who said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

On Friday, the LGBT group Wingspan staged a protest march to the governor's office that drew about 200 people. Some carried signs with messages "God created us all equal" and "Shame on Arizona."

Tucson-based Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria posted a photo on its Facebook page of a sign with a message for state lawmakers: "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators."


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February 21st, 2014
09:19 PM ET

Girl Scout sells cookies outside San Francisco medical marijuana clinic

Pot and Girl Scout cookies.

What sounds like the punchline to a joke was a business plan for 13-year-old Danielle Lei.

She parked her thin mints and Tagalongs outside San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary "The Green Cross."

Sales lit up - the dispensary says she burned through 117 boxes in just two hours.

CNN's Kyung Lah has the story OutFront.

Filed under: Business • Marijuana • News
February 21st, 2014
09:10 PM ET

Did Russia Steal gold or are losers just whining?

Did Russia steal the gold?

That's the question many are asking after the results of Thursday night's ladies long program in figure skating.

Reigning champion Yuna Kim skated a flawless routine and yet she lost to 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova.

Gold for Russia, silver for South Korea's Yuna Kim, and controversy ensues

Sotnikova had a minor slip-up, but she also just happens to be from Russia.

It was an upset by a Russian in Russia and that has some people crying foul.

Especially because the sport has been marred by countless judging controversies.

But were the judges wrong?

Men's figure skating Olympic champion Brian Boitano and Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale are OutFront.

"It is very suspicious." Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale tells CNN's Erin Burnett. "We are all frustrated with this whole every time there's a scandal, there is Russians involved. You have two judges on the panel, and one is a judge that was suspended in 1998 for trying to fix the dance event, and one was the wife of the Russian Federation president. It just doesn't really make things look very good."

Burnett asked Boitano to weigh in on U.S. Skater Ashley Wagner's complaint that "people don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean."

"I think her scores at least for the free program were fair," Boitano said.

Filed under: News • Olympics • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics • Sports
February 21st, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Racial incidents sparks outrage at Ole Miss: Student assaulted, called N-Word

Police are pushing for criminal charges against three freshman males suspected of placing a noose on the campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.

They also allegedly draped a flag with a confederate battle emblem over the statue's head.

Officials haven't released any names but the students sought for questioning were expelled from the fraternity Sig Fi Epsilon.

Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy

In a separate race-related incident Monday night, an African-American student who is a third-year senior at the school, reported to police that someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car while also hurling racial slurs.

Officials say it's unclear if the two incidents are related.

CNN's Nick Valencia is in Oxford Mississippi with the student's first national interview.

Filed under: Education • News • Racism • Social Issues
February 21st, 2014
08:34 PM ET

Ted Nugent apologizes for using term "subhuman mongrel"

Fireband Ted Nugent caves to political pressure and apologizes for his ugly comments about President Obama.

Last month, Nugent called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in an interview with Guns.com.

This week, he campaigned with Gregg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for Governor of Texas. The opposition wasted no time to highlight a part of the GOP base they rather not showcase.

Nugent apologizes for using term 'subhuman mongrel'

Top Republicans denounced Nugent's controversial comments.

"It's a free country but that kind of language really doesn't have any place in our political dialogue," Republican Senator John McCain said. "It harms the Republican party, I'm sure that it harmed the Republican candidate there and it should be obviously be repudiated,"

"I got a problem calling the president a mongrel," Texas Governor Rick Perry told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I do have a problem with it that is an inappropriate thing to say."

And Thursday night Senator Rand Paul tweeted:

"Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."

OutFront: Chris Kofins, Democratic Strategist and Ben Ferguson, CNN Political Contributor and Conservative Radio Host.

Filed under: News • Politics • Ted Nugent