Sex-toy company alleges 'sexism' and 'censorship' in lawsuit over blocked NYC subway ads

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Fox News Flash top headlines for June 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A startup company that manufactures sex toys for women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the operator of New York City's subway system, accusing the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority of sexism and illegal censorship for refusing to run its ads since November. Dame Products, a women-owned sex toy company that promises to "close the pleasure gap" for women by selling "toys, for sex," sued the MTA for deciding to "prioritize male interests" after denying its ads but allowing other ads related to male pleasure and sexual health. "The MTA is living in a Victorian era," Richard Emery, a lawyer for Dame, said in an interview with Reuters.


Orlando needs blood donations after deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history

Mashable

Following the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, an attack that targeted a gay nightclub, health officials urged potential blood donors to come forward and help. Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan even told MSNBC that a ban on gay men being allowed to donated blood had been lifted, but OneBlood, a blood donation organization in Florida, later denied that is the case. "I understand the blood banks are accepting blood from everyone. I think that's appropriate right now, because there has been a ban on gay men donating blood," Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan told MSNBC. "I think it's appropriate right now -- you can screen the blood, maybe this tragedy is the one thing that took that ban away."


Has the war on drugs failed? U.N. session will examine alternatives

Los Angeles Times

At what is being billed as the most significant high-level gathering on global drug policy in two decades, the stage will be set for world leaders to discuss what would have once been unthinkable -- reversing course in the war on drugs. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, which begins Tuesday in New York, will bring together government, human rights and health leaders to discuss whether the hard-line tactics of combating drug trafficking and money laundering have failed. It will also provide a forum for reformists and government leaders who are pushing for turning the current drug policy on its head by halting drug-related incarcerations, treating drug abuse as a health issue rather than a crime and even legalizing drugs. "The drug control regime that emerged during the last century has proven disastrous for global health, security and human rights," reads a statement to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that was signed last week by more than 1,000 world leaders, activists and celebrities. The letter urges a complete rethinking of the conventional war on drugs.


Pussyhat creators craft next step in defiance of Trump

Al Jazeera

Los Angeles, United States - Half a dozen women sat around a large table, each with a ball of yarn in front her. Some made fumbling progress, while others settled into the rhythmic calm that so many knitters say reminds them of meditation. Kat Coyle, 54, walked around the students, inspecting their progress and handiwork. Two of the women were making their first pink, knitted "pussyhats". One planned to give hers to a friend's infant.


In rebuff to high court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court rules for children with autism

Los Angeles Times

A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of nearly 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil M. Gorsuch. The ruling, one of the most important of this term, came as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee is wrapping up his third day of testimony before a Senate committee. Justices ruled for the parents of Endrew F., a Colorado boy with autism who pulled their son from the public school after his progress "essentially stalled." They enrolled him in a private academy that specialized in autism, where his behavior and learning improved markedly. They then sued the school district for a reimbursement, alleging a violation of the federal law that promises a "free appropriate public education" to children with disabilities.