Human rights and civil liberties

Director of the Valentine museum Bill Martin gestures as he looks over one of the proposals for changes to Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. A new exhibit in Richmond showcases designs and ideas on what to do with Richmond's Confederate monuments. Local artists hope the exhibit will spark conversations about how to accurately document the city's history while not glorifying Confederate leaders. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
March 09, 2019 - 10:39 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They are towering figures, larger-than-life statues that honor heroes of a bygone era. The Confederate leaders memorialized on Richmond's Monument Avenue were once revered, but have become flashpoints in a national debate about how symbols of slavery and white supremacy should...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019 file photo, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release in Chicago. A Cook County grand jury on Friday, March 8, 2019 has indicted Smollett on 16 felony charges after authorities say he falsely told police that he was attacked by two men in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
March 09, 2019 - 5:04 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:30 p.m. An attorney for Jussie Smollett says a 16-count indictment against the "Empire" actor is "vindictive" and Smollett "maintains his innocence." Mark Geragos says in a statement that he did not expect a...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police say they are conducting an internal investigation to determine the source of information leaked anonymously to media during the probe into "Empire" actor Smollett's claims he was attacked. Police say Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed two men hurled slurs and looped a rope around his neck on Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
March 08, 2019 - 11:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2018 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas. A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday, March 8, 2019, expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP, File)
March 08, 2019 - 10:39 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. Dana Sabraw ruled that his authority applies to...
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A trio of women hold a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "See how we end up," during a demonstration commemorating International Women's Day, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, March 8, 2019. Latin Americans took the streets on Friday to shout louder than ever against male violence and show their determination to conquer free, safe and free abortion. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
March 08, 2019 - 9:33 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Marches and protests were held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to...
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This undated photo provided by the National Women's Hall of Fame shows actress, author and political activist Jane Fonda, who is among the 10 members of the National Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2019, that was announced Friday, March 8, 2019, in New York City. (Courtesy of National Women's Hall of Fame Class via AP)
March 08, 2019 - 8:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They are among 10 members of the Class of 2019, announced Friday. The other honorees are: Civil rights activist Angela Davis; Native...
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Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, sitting right, signs a bill into law that expands background checks to nearly all gun sales in New Mexico in a ceremony in in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 8, 2019. Gun control advocates celebrate, including Democratic state Sen. Richard Martinez of Espanola, left, foreground. Gov. Lujan Grisham signed a bill Friday to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico, as she shot down opposition against the measure and other proposed gun reforms as being part of a national "misinformation campaign." (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
March 08, 2019 - 6:34 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill Friday to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico, as she shot down opposition against the measure and other proposed gun reforms as being part of a national "misinformation campaign." The...
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In this Jan., 7, 2019, photo, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R - Clearfield, speaks during the Utah Taxpayers Association 2019 legislative outlook conference, in Salt Lake City. A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Lisonbee sponsored the changes and insisted she was looking for a compromise that would still protect LGBTQ kids. But activists say some of her Facebook comments revealed by The Associated Press indicate that she supports the debunked practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 08, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Conversion therapy has a long...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats rally ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill's sponsor, stands behind Pelosi at left. The bill aims to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 08, 2019 - 3:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and...
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United States' Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
March 08, 2019 - 3:06 pm
Three months before beginning their defense of their Women's World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay. Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing "...
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