U.S. Senate begins debate on military sexual assault plans

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WASHINGTON — The Senate began consideration Wednesday of proposals to overhaul how the military justice system handles sexual assault, including a measure that would strip commanders of their input in such cases.
 
That proposal, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., had support from a majority of the Senate, according to her office. Trained military lawyers would replace commanders, revoking their authority to prosecute or toss out cases.
 
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., pursued a different, more gradual approach. It would allow commanders to determine the cases that get prosecuted but prevent them from overturning convictions and add more layers of review for their actions. It also would eliminate the "good soldier defense," which could be used to mitigate punishment for troops who perform well on their job. McCaskill's approach has support from Pentagon leaders.
 
The issue of sexual assault in the ranks erupted in the spring when the Pentagon released a study estimating that 26,000 instances of unwanted sexual contact — from groping to rape — occurred in 2012. That represented an increase by nearly a third over 2010. About 3,000 cases of sexual assault were reported, and about 300 were prosecuted.
 
"The bottom line is really simple: The current system oriented around the chain of command has been producing horrible results," Gillibrand said.
 
The chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., urged rejection of Gillibrand's approach. The key to combating sexual assault in the military is allowing commanders to court martial troops for the crime.
 
Gillibrand's amendment "removes a powerful tool" from those responsible for dealing with the problem, Levin said.
 
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agreed with Levin, saying Gillibrand's amendment went too far and impugned the character of military commanders. Less far-reaching reforms, such as criminalizing retaliation against accusers, will allow commanders to address the problem.
 
"Do we trust the commanders to do the right thing with the proper parameters?" McCain said.
 
News about a number of high-profile sexual abuse cases in the military broke focused attention on the issue. In one case, a three-star Air Force general tossed out a jury's sexual assault conviction of a pilot. At the Air Force basic training base in Texas, more than 30 instructors have been convicted of sexually assaulting recruits. All the services have had problems with sexual assault, including the Army, which has investigated a sergeant in charge of sexual-assault prevention programs for operating a prostitution operation. Court martials have been ordered for two midshipmen at the Naval Academy for allegely sexually assaulting a classmate.
 
Currently, a high-ranking officer who is the defendant's superior decides whether to bring charges, who sits on the jury and whether a conviction or punishment can stand. The officer is neither a lawyer nor a judge, although he or she receives written advice from a military attorney.
 
The arrangement is a key principle for maintaining order within a fighting unit. It is a tradition the United States inherited from the British military when the nation was formed in the 18th century. Britain, Canada and other countries have moved away from commanding officer's authority, but it lives on in the American military's Uniform Code of Military Justice created by Congress.

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Billy Graham hospitalized with respiratory problems

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The Rev. Billy Graham has been taken to a hospital in Asheville, N.C., with respiratory problems, a family spokesman said Wednesday.
 
"Mr. Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago," Mark DeMoss said. "As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two."
 
Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this month with a party in Asheville, was taken to Mission Hospital.
 
Graham's birthday celebration featured hundreds of well-wishers and what is being characterized as his final sermon.
 
In a video that was recorded over the past year, Graham delivered his familiar message about the saving power of Jesus Christ and expressed concern about the nation's direction. "Our country's in great need of a spiritual awakening," he declared. "There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God."
 
His son, Franklin Graham, who now runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said before his father's birthday that the elder Graham has the typical maladies of old age but "has not had any major illnesses in several years."
 
"The (stay) at Mission was kind of routine," Franklin Graham said of the first stay in late October. "An older person will have trouble with their lungs, sometimes ingesting water in their lungs, and it gives them an infection. He had a little bit of that, and they could put him on antibiotics and that seemed to clear it up, so we're thankful for that."
 
Franklin Graham said his father has poor eyesight and hearing, and he uses hearing aids, but he remains alert and engaged, keeping up with the news and his work.
 
Graham has preached to almost 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission, according to his Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts. Graham began building an international following in 1949, when his three-week Los Angeles Crusade drew overflow crowds.

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World’s tallest, fastest water slide under construction

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Correction: An earlier version had an incorrect height for the tallest water slide in Brazil.
 
A photo of an under-construction water slide in Kansas City, Kan., with what looks to be a right-angle drop has social media users gawking and expressing fear.
 
The Verruckt Meg-A-Blaster is being called the world's tallest and fastest water slide and the park where it is being built says it will shatter records set by another slide in Brazil. According to Guinness World Records, the world's tallest water slide is the Kilimanjaro in Barra do Piraí, which is 164 feet high. The slide at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn park will debut May 23, when the park opens for the season, according to the Kansas City Star.
 
Verruckt is the German word for "insane."
 
The park will not reveal the details on speed and height until the slide opens, but a photo being distributed on social media appears to show a slide that falls at nearly a right angle with the ground.
 
"This new Meg-A-Blaster speed slide … is going to be a game changer for our industry," Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry said in a news release. "Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride."
 
Social media users reading posts or stories about the slide said they would be too frightened to try the slide.
 
One reader at the gawker.com site said, "I just feel like you'd fall off the side at some point and that would not be fun."
 
"My fear of heights/falling dreams look cuddly and fun compared to this," wrote another reader.
 
"Who's writing their liability policy?" wrote yet another.

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U.S. drone strike kills 6 in Pakistan

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PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone carried out a rare missile strike in northwest Pakistan outside the country's remote tribal region on Thursday, killing six people, including at least two Afghan militants, Pakistani police and security officials said.
 
The missiles hit an Islamic seminary in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that was known to be visited by senior members of the Afghan Haqqani network, an ally of the Taliban and one of the most feared militant groups battling U.S troops in neighboring Afghanistan, the officials said. The two Afghan militants killed in the strike were from the Haqqani network.
 
It was only the second drone attack to occur outside Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region along the Afghan border since the strikes began in the country in 2004 and could increase tension between Islamabad and Washington. There was a strike in Khyber Pakhtunkwa's Bannu district in 2008. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is considered a "settled area" of Pakistan, meaning it is generally more populated and developed than the tribal region.
 
"Now no place is safe. The drones are now firing missiles outside the tribal areas," said Shaukat Yousufzai, health minister for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government, which has spoken out strongly against drone attacks.
 
"It is Hangu today. Tomorrow it can be Karachi, Lahore or any other place," Yousufzai told Pakistan's Dunya TV.
 
Thursday's strike was also the first drone attack since the U.S. killed former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Nov. 1 in a strike in the North Waziristan tribal area. Pakistani officials were outraged by the attack because they said it came a day before they planned to invite Mehsud to hold peace talks.
 
Police have arrived at the scene of the seminary, which was struck by three missiles in the Tall area of Hangu, said local police officer Fareedullah, who goes by only one name. The six killed were badly burned, he said.
 
Another police officer, Zia Khan, said five Afghans were killed in the attack, including three students and two teachers.
 
Hangu police chief Iftikhar Ahmad said two of the dead, Mufti Hameedullah and Mufti Ahmad Jan, were members of the Haqqani network. An Afghan intelligence official also confirmed Jan was killed in the attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.
 
The covert CIA drone program in Pakistan has been a constant source of tension between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistani officials regularly denounce the strikes in public as a violation of the country's sovereignty. But the government is known to have supported at least some of the attacks in the past. It is generally understood that Pakistan's secret agreement with the U.S. on drone strikes in the past was confined to the tribal region and did not include the country's so-called "settled areas."
 
The Pakistani government has stepped up its vocal opposition to drone attacks since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office in June. Sharif met with President Barack Obama in Washington in October and pressed him to end the strikes. But the U.S. has shown no sign that it intends to stop using what it considers a vital tool to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban.
 
Imran Khan, the former cricket star who now leads the party that runs the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, has called for Pakistan to block trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan in response to continued drone strikes. The federal government has shown little interest in doing so, but Khan plans to hold a strike on Nov. 23 and block the road through the province that some of the trucks take.
 
Obama ramped up the use of drone strikes after he took office in 2009, and they reached a peak in 2010, when there were more than 100 attacks. The number has dropped off since then, and there have only been a little more than two dozen so far this year.
 
Most of the drone strikes have occurred in North Waziristan, the headquarters of the Haqqani network in Pakistan. The U.S. has repeatedly urged Pakistan to conduct an operation in North Waziristan, but the government has refused, saying its troops are stretched too thin battling domestic militants. Many analysts believe, however, that Pakistan doesn't want to cross the Haqqani network, a group with which it has historical ties and could be an ally in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw.
 
Also Thursday, a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded near a group of soldiers and police patrolling in a vehicle in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killing two policemen and a civilian, said Quetta police chief Abdur Rauf.
 
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and separatists who have been waging a low-level insurgency against the government for decades.
 
Later Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a customs office at the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan in the Khyber tribal area, wounding 26 people, many of them critically, said local government administrator Daftar Khan. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
 

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Prosecutor: Hudson boat driver admitted to drinking

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York man charged with crashing a boat into a construction barge on the Hudson River, killing two friends, told emergency workers he had been drinking, prosecutors said Wednesday.
 
"My fault," Jojo John said to first responders on the night of July 26, according to Rockland County executive assistant district attorney Steve Moore. "I was drinking all day."
 
During John's arraignment on a multifelony indictment Wednesday, Moore said that John's blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, that there were traces of cocaine in his system and that he was speeding and driving recklessly when he crashed the 19-foot-speed boat into a barge being used in construction just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
 
The crash killed bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart, 30, of Piermont and her fiance's best man, Mark Lennon, 30, of Pearl River. Stewart and Brian Bond, who was injured, were set to marry in mid-August.
 
Also Wednesday, the families of both victims filed separate civil lawsuits seeking damages from John, the barge owners, and Tappan Zee Constructors, the consortium designing and building the new $3.9 billion bridge. The court papers cite a lack of sufficient lighting as a cause of the crash after the barge owners were informed of the problem by boaters.
 
John, 35, of Nyack, had no comment as he entered the Rockland County Courthouse Wednesday morning. Appearing before state Supreme Court Justice William Kelly, he pleaded not guilty to an 18-count indictment that includes charges of first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide and operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
 
Kelly said that John's blood-alcohol level "doesn't prove causation. That's a fact for the jury."
 
The judge set bail at $25,000, citing the deaths and the seriousness of the felony charges. John, who had been free, was taken into custody, but was expected to make bail. He is due back in court Jan. 3.
 
His lawyer, David Narain, said during court that a lack of sufficient lighting, and not John's drinking, caused the accident.
 
He said an independent investigation unearthed witnesses and evidence that he said will prove the lighting was the cause.
 
Afterward, Narain told reporters that he wasn't aware of his client's statement about drinking to the first responders. He declined further comment on the prosecutor's claim.
 
The families of Stewart and Lennon, as well as those injured, say John must take responsibility for the accident but have also blamed the barge lighting.
 
The U.S. Coast Guard says the barge lighting met federal standards, although the owners increased the lighting after the crash.
 
Frank Floriani, the Manhattan lawyer representing the Stewart and Lennon families in their civil lawsuits, said the barge owners had been told that the lighting was bad.
 
"Our information is whatever light was there could not be seen," Floriani told The Journal News. "It may have been blocked by construction equipment or it may not have been working… In effect, this was an accident waiting to happen."
 
A statement from Tappan Zee Constructors said project officials had not yet reviewed the lawsuits but asserted that the barges were properly moored and lighted.
 
Contributing: Khurram Saeed of The News Journal

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oprah winfrey isn t dying of cancer but making big buzz with nigerian david oyelowo

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The news making the round on social media that the popular TV host Oprah Winfrey has been diagnosed of terminal cancer and that she has just 12 Weeks to live is a hoax. A painstaking search on the Internet did not turn up any meaningful lead, as no credible news media anywhere in the world reported this.

Our Google search shows that the sensational news is the figment of the imagination of NAHA (Negros Against Hairline Abuse), African bloggers and social media commentators. Oprah is such a big fish for such heartrending news to “escape” the prying eye of CNN, The Guardian, Times, and other media heavy weights and be caught by such paper tiger as NAHA.

Our guess is that this fake story of Oprah Winfrey dying in 12 weeks originated from Chicago based NAHA, being the only foreign media that carried the story. To show how mischievous and desperate NAHA was to send its fake story across to as many world audience as possible and to make it look credible, it created and used a Fake TMZ Breaking News twitter handle to tweet its story link. Why “negros” should do this to a fellow “negro” is what beats me. To those who did not know, here is TMZ Official Twitter handle.

Our main concern here in Xclusive Magazine is that Nigerian bloggers and Nigerians are running away with this fake story; reposting the fake story on their blogs and sharing it on social media, Facebook in particular. We don’t need to mention names, just do a google search: Oprah Given 12 Weeks to Live After Cancer Diagnosis, and see the links that turn up: West African (social) media links, mostly Nigerian (social) media links.

But while Nigerian rumour mongers are busy helping NAHA to spread its fake story, a fellow Nigerian, David Oyewelo, is making big buzz and bucks with Oprah Winfrey. People magazine reports that Oprah’s ever biggest challenge is the making of Ava DuVernay’s Selma, a film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1965 march for voting rights, which she produced and co-stars.

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Hulk Hogan Admits How His Life Quickly Spiraled Out of Control

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Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan and his family — ex-wife Linda, daughter Brooke, and son Nick — were in everyone’s homes with their VH1 reality series, “Hogan Knows Best.”

But, in a new interview with Oprah’s “Where Are They Now?” series on OWN, the 60-year-old is revealing that his formerly picture-perfect life quickly took a turn for the worse. His wife filed for divorce in November 2007, his son was involved in a car accident three months before that left one of his friends critically injured, and their reality show was officially canceled in late 2007.

The wrestler admitted that the combination of these problems led him to a very dark place, one that made him contemplate ending his life.

“After the show, I kind of hit rock bottom. Everything got dark. Everything happened at once,” he said. “I was drinking alcohol very heavily. It just all kept piling up. It all kept mounting. I didn’t know how to handle it. I always wondered, ‘How could someone take their own life?’ I got to the point where I said, ‘You know what? Maybe this would be easy. Maybe this would be an easy way to fix things.’”

So, how’d he get out of this negative place he was in? He said he credits it all to walking outside after a negative New Year’s Eve dinner in Miami with a few friends and family.

“When I walked outside, some kid ran out and hugged me and was all, ‘I grew up watching you. I didn’t have a dad, and you’re like a dad to me,’” he said. “And there was another person that said, ‘Hey Hulk, we love you.’ And I went, oh my God. It was right then that it really … I didn’t understand what was going on, but it hit me that there was clean air and that there’s dirty air. And I, once I went back inside again, I realized that I couldn’t take it anymore. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Check out this video to see what else Hulk revealed about his personal struggles, and for more of the latest in entertainment news, tune in to “omg! Insider” on television tonight!

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Leaves the Republican Party

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced today that he has quit the Republican Party.

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation this morning, Cruz argued that the GOP has abandoned its core principles and promoted a new third party for true conservatives.

"The Republican Party has become a bastion of liberalism," Cruz thundered to rapturous applause. "If I'm listening to a speech on the Senate floor, the only way I can tell Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell apart is by their accents.

"A majority of Republican senators support socialist programs like public schools, Social Security and science. Most have voted for big government regulations requiring air bags in cars and pollution scrubbers on power plants. And thanks to GOP cowardice, women are still allowed to buy birth control without a note from their pastor.

"When I first came to Washington, I was naive. I thought Republicans were voting for conservative causes. But an elder Senate colleague sat me down and told me that's not how the game works. Just bide your time, he said. Compromise here. Sacrifice a few things there. And eventually you'll be in a position to make a few changes.

"Well, I am not playing that game anymore. The Patriot Party won't be cutting any deals. We won't be compromising our principles. We won't stop until the debt clock hits zero, the contraception peddlers are in jail and a certain 1970s haze has returned to the skies over our major cities."
RINO Hunter

Ted Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2010 as a Republican after defeating an establishment conservative in a hotly contested primary. The Tea Party favorite from Texas has since rapidly grown his influence on the right by instigating a number of populist insurrections against the party's establishment on immigration, taxes and healthcare.

Cruz led the effort to defund President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which resulted in last month's 16-day partial government shutdown. Although the shutdown strategy failed to achieve its aim, Cruz achieved folk hero status in the Tea Party.

He is considerably less popular amongst his colleagues in the Senate, however, where his bombastic style has clashed with the genteel deliberative traditions of the body. Indeed, Cruz admitted that fraying personal relationships with Republican senators contributed to his decision.

"I grew tired of sharing a party with traitors like Susan Collins," he told the audience, referring to the moderate Republican senator from Maine. "Why should some clam-eating RINO from New England be representing Texas conservatives in negotiations with the other side? She doesn't speak for me.

"My new Patriot Party won't have any fake conservatives. If we find anyone who's pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-immigration or pro-minimum wage, we'll show them the door. Conservatives are a majority in this country, we don't need anyone else to get to 51 percent of the national vote."

Cruz says he's already recruited Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman Louie Gohmert to join his new party, and  promises more defections are on the way.

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U.S. Ex-Secret Service agent opens up about JFK’s killing

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DEARBORN, Mich. — To pin-drop silence, former Secret Service agent Clint Hill recalled everything in detail about the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.
 
At the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday, Hill recounted the pivotal moments from the motorcade's tight turn on Elm Street in Dallas to his leap onto the presidential limousine in a desperate effort to protect first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
 
Hill, assigned to her detail for years, said he "heard an explosive noise over my right shoulder, from the rear. … I realized something was wrong. The president grabbed at his throat and moved to his left … I jumped." But it was the third shot, he said, that did the most damage. "I heard it. I felt it … because it hit the president in the head."
 
Standing on a stage to the right of that same four-door Lincoln Continental, now on display at the Dearborn historic museum, Hill, 81, described the moment when Jacqueline Kennedy refused to let go of her husband, John F. Kennedy, outside Parkland Hospital.
 
He took off his jacket to cover the assassinated president's head. "She didn't want anybody to see the condition he was in, because it was horrible," he told the rapt audience.
 
Hill's appearance was part of the Henry Ford's "JFK Remembered" events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that tragic day in Dallas.
 
The vehicle used by Kennedy that day, which was rebuilt and returned to the White House motorcade in 1964, is one of the history-preserving site's most popular exhibits.
 
This week was Hill's first encounter with the limo since his retirement from the Secret Service, according to the museum.
 
Tuesday night, Hill stood onstage before about 430 people with Lisa McCubbin, co-author of his 2012 best seller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me, as well as his new book that came out Tuesday, Five Days in November. To a backdrop of photos and videos, McCubbin guided Hill through a look back at the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination.
 
Hill stood throughout the presentation as he offered his recollections, often with his hands clasped behind his back and never turning to look at the car where it all happened.
 
He talked about key moments, such as the flight back to Washington, D.C., on Air Force One, during which Jacqueline Kennedy asked to speak to him. "She stood up, she grabbed my hand and said, 'Oh, Mr. Hill, what's going to happen to you?' " he said, describing her concern for others at a time when she was still wearing her blood-spattered pink suit.
 
Hill addressed his decades-long struggle to deal with the emotions of that day. "It has been very cathartic for me to finally unload this information, really," he said of working with McCubbin on the books, noting how he was persuaded ultimately to share his story for history.
 
For those in attendance who were not alive in 1963, they said they learned a lot from Hill.
 
"I think it was very cool he told his story. Now I have a better perspective than I had before. This is someone who was actually there at the time," said Dresden Cogan, 13, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
 
Also in the audience was Paul Landis, who served on Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service detail with Hill and drove from the Cleveland area for the event. "I just wanted to be here tonight to see Clint," he said.
 

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Lesbian who claimed hospital ban faces assault charges

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INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Bray, who last week claimed that she had been banned from visiting her same-sex partner in an Indianapolis hospital, is now facing battery and criminal confinement charges.
 
The charges came after her partner, Jennifer Clemmer, told investigators that Bray assaulted her after the two had a verbal argument about Clemmer playing on her computer instead of cleaning the house, according to a probable cause affidavit.
 
The revelation came when detectives interviewed Clemmer late Saturday night in the critical care unit at St. Francis Hospital.
 
Clemmer said Bray hit her with a fist, punched her several times in the head and upper torso, pulled her by the hair and slammed her face into the wood floor, according to court documents.
 
The alleged assault happened at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the home the pair shared.
 
During the assault, Bray said, "So you always want to be the victim, do ya?" Clemmer told investigators, according to documents.
 
Clemmer said she lost consciousness after she ran to the bathroom to escape from Bray.
 
Bray's two sons witnessed the assault, documents said, and were told not to say anything.
 
Documents said Clemmer had scratches and bruises all over her body.
 
Last Wednesday, Bray told the Indianapolis Star that her partner was taken to the hospital after a drug overdose. She said Clemmer's mother banned her from visiting her partner and the hospital upheld that ban.
 
Hospital officials said at that time that Bray was never prohibited from visiting Clemmer.
 
Legal experts weighed in on whether Bray's claim amounted to discrimination. Gay rights advocates argued that Bray's rights were being violated. But legal experts consulted by The Indianapolis Star said not enough details were known at the time to determine whether the hospital is discriminating against her by allowing Bray to be banned from the room.
 
A memorandum signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners at hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid — even in states such as Indiana that don't recognize same-sex partnerships. It also extends patient care decisions to same-sex partners if they have been designated as the next-of-kin representative.
 
Bray was arrested Tuesday afternoon and is being held at Marion County Jail on an $11,000 bond. She has an initial hearing Thursday.
 

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