Not Everyone's Happy Michelle Obama Will Deliver a Graduation Address; School District Responds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b64270794b.jpgABC/Rick Rowell (TOPEKA, Kan.) -- First lady Michelle Obama plans to speak at a high school graduation next month in Topeka, Kansas, but not everyone's happy about it, as some families have voiced concerns that her presence could limit seating and take attention away from the graduates themselves. The school district responded to some of that criticism Saturday, pledging "at least six tickets" for each graduate's family members.

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Woman Sues After '8THEIST' Plate Denied, 'BAPTIST' Approved

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_3298b90c84.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LEESBERG, N.J.) -- A woman filed a federal lawsuit alleging that her First Amendment rights were violated when she was denied a license plate that would proclaim her atheist views in New Jersey, though a plate reading "BAPTIST" was approved. According to the suit, Shannon Morgan of Leesberg, N.J., said she tried to register online with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for a vanity license plate reading "8THEIST," but was told that the "requested plate text is considered objectionable."

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Los Angeles Bans Electronic Cigarettes in Bars, Restaurants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_7dcf7bb3d0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- It is now a crime in Los Angeles to take a drag off an electronic cigarette in a public place, including bars and restaurants. As of Saturday, electronic cigarettes are illegal in public places in Los Angeles, following concerns about chemicals in the cigarettes' vapor. "Vapers"-- people who smoke electronic cigarettes-- fought hard against the law. But Brandi Tseu, who works at a vape lounge-- a place where e-cigarette smoking is welcomed and is still legal-- says the ban makes sense.

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Michael Bloomberg Donates $50M to Gun Violence Prevention Group

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_9070d24868.jpgAndrew Burton/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invested millions of his own fortune into the push for stricter gun laws. Now, he’s upping the ante by pledging up to $50 million this year alone to a newly formed gun control organization that hopes to rival the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association.

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Book: White House Caught Off Guard by Biden's Gay Marriage Support

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_59835eccf9.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- A new book claims Vice President Joe Biden blindsided the White House when he told NBC's Meet the Press on May 6, 2012 that he was "absolutely comfortable with" same-sex marriage and that gay and lesbian couples "are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Politico reports.

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