Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has eliminated all state funding for domestic violence shelters. This has come as a shock for many shelters; while they had expected a budget cut of 20%, they had no idea it would be so drastic.
• Yesterday, President Obama announced the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. Along with Sidney Poitier and Harvey Milk, six women will be honored, including Billie Jean King, Chita Rivera, and Sandra Day O'Connor. • Here's some good news for the younger generation: The income gap has closed significantly for working women in their twenties. Women in most age groups have come closer to making the same as their male counterparts, with the exception of women ages 65 and older, who have gained no ground since 1979. • A Florida judge has ordered The Tampa Tribune to remove a story about four teens accused of sexually assaulting a classmate with a hockey stick. Judge Battles also requested that the newspaper refrain from printing any court statements until after the case has been tried. • Zoe Williams is just as annoyed with the "debonair non-parenthood" trend as we are. She takes her friend, named only as "X," and her birth partner, "C," to task for treating the birth process like a needless inconvenience. • According to a recent study, many college age dudes know little to nothing about HPV and the health risks associated with it. One participant even referred to HPV as "more of a joke" than other STDs. • Bad news, ladies: It looks like a world without men may be farther away than we hoped. The journal that reported on the human sperm created from embryonic stem cells was found to have contained several plagiarized paragraphs. Experts said that they plagiarism does not necessarily undermine the conclusions of the rest of the paper, but questions have been raised about the study's credibility. • New research has found that redheads are more sensitive to pain than the rest of the population, which may be the reason why gingers are twice as likely to avoid the dentist than people with dark hair. • A recent study indicates that cows are more dangerous than we ever imagined. In the U.S., about 20 people a year die from injuries inflicted upon them by charging cattle. • Cats are evil geniuses, according to new research. • Gerald H.F. Gardner, a physicist and mathematician who worked to eliminate sex bias in newspaper want ads, has passed away at the age of 83 from leukemia. • Police have arrested a 37-year-old woman for padding her bra, under charges of false advertising. Just kidding, she was really smuggling meth. • NPR reports on the Promise Keepers, a men's evangelical group, which has decided to allow women into their services for the first time in 20 years. •