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TALLAHASSEE The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing to overturn Florida’s new law that bans doctors from asking patients about gun ownership.

The center filed the suit Monday in a Miami federal court on behalf of three doctors and three physicians groups. They claim the law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights to provide patients with information and advice on how to reduce risks from firearms.

The law’s supporters say it’s designed to protect patients’ privacy as well as their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The Brady Center threatened to sue just hours before Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill last week. The Republican governor is named in the suit along with Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Surgeon General Frank Farmer and other state health officials.


CDC: Gay, bisexual teens do riskier things

ATLANTA Gay and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to smoke, drink alcohol or do other risky things, according to a government study released Monday.

Based on anonymous surveys of 156,000 high school students from 2001 to 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that nonheterosexual youth reported worse behavior in most risk categories.

“Many risk behaviors are related to how people feel about themselves and the environment they’re in,” said lead author Laura Kann of the CDC’s division of adolescent and school health, who presented the findings at a first Department of Education summit for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in Washington.

The study asks all states to include questions on sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts in their health-risk behavior surveys. The study’s core data came from five states and four city school systems.


Casino to add bustier-clad dealers

ATLANTIC CITY Soon it might be more difficult to concentrate on the cards at one Atlantic City casino.

The Tropicana Casino and Resort is creating a new “party pit” near its Rumba Lounge nightclub where female blackjack and roulette dealers will wear bustiers and stockings.

It’s part of a trend in the nation’s second-largest gambling market to emphasize sex as the competition for the gambling dollar grows ever fiercer.

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