Human rights and civil liberties

In this March 12, 2019 file photo, former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, charged with homicide in the shooting death of Antwon Rose II, walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. On the fourth day of the trial in Pittsburgh, Friday March 22, 2019, Rosfeld was acquitted of all counts in the death of Rose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 23, 2019 - 9:50 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The family of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer is expressing anger and sadness over a jury's decision to acquit. Pittsburgh is bracing for protests a day after the verdict. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research both before and after last week’s mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 23, 2019 - 8:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey included interviews conducted before and after this...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019, file photo, two men, both of Honduras, gather with attorneys to pray before crossing into the United States to begin their asylum cases after being returned to Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico. A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday, March 22, 2019, to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg to put the asylum policy on hold while their lawsuit moves forward. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
March 22, 2019 - 4:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco to put the...
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March 22, 2019 - 2:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers." Speaking a week after the...
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March 22, 2019 - 1:18 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says it's ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group. The department notified recipients and contractors Thursday...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Shaquille O'Neal attends the world premiere of "Uncle Drew" at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Papa John’s has a new pitchman: Shaquille O’Neal. The chain says the basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and other advertisements. He will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
March 22, 2019 - 12:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's has a new pitchman: Shaquille O'Neal. The chain says basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and promote Papa John's in other ways. He will also join the company's board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants in the Atlanta area. Papa John's is...
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FILE - This Nov. 5, 2017 file photo shows Gary Clark Jr. performing at the Summit LA17 in Los Angeles. Clark confronts racism with his new album "This Land." (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
March 22, 2019 - 11:29 am
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Gary Clark Jr. has created a lot of conversation with "This Land," the provocative first song off his latest album that shares the same name. In the angry blues-rock song, he recounts racial epithets hurled his way and other racist taunts before he defiantly asserts that he...
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Medics move a wounded youth, who was shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, into the treatment room of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
March 22, 2019 - 11:15 am
GENEVA (AP) — The top U.N. human rights body on Friday requested a larger presence in Palestinian areas following an investigation that found Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes in a deadly response to Gaza protests last year. The Human Rights Council made the request to U.N. High...
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Injured victims from last week's mosque shootings pray during Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 22, 2019. People across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday as the nation reflected on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
March 22, 2019 - 10:07 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 5 p.m. Thousands of people have gathered for a mass funeral to bury 26 of the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. The funeral is taking place at a Muslim cemetery where more...
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Mourners attend the service for a victim of the mosque shootings for a burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 22, 2019. People across New Zealand will listen to the Muslim call to prayer on Friday as the nation marks one week since a gunman attacked two mosques and killed 50 people. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
March 22, 2019 - 4:04 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — In a day without precedent, people across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday as the nation reflected on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and thousands of others congregated in...
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