Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, and his wife Pam, watch as the casket of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell is carried to a waiting tactical vehicle during the funeral at the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va. Virginia First Lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African American teenager complained about a tour of the governor’s mansion she said was racially insensitive. Northam said Wednesday, Feb. 27 that is she is working to make sure the stories of slaves who worked in the mansion’s historic kitchen before the Civil War are told properly. Northam’s statement comes amid heightened racial tension in Virginia politics. Gov. Ralph Northam has recently apologized for wearing blackface decades ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
February 28, 2019 - 10:38 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia first lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African-American teenager complained that a tour of the governor's mansion was racially insensitive. Northam said Wednesday that is she is working to make sure the stories of slaves who worked in the...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor, left, and her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York. A posthumous memoir by Windsor entitled “A Wild and Precious Life” will be released in October, St. Martin’s Press announced on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
February 28, 2019 - 8:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October. Windsor's "A Wild and Precious Life" will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation...
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February 28, 2019 - 8:56 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. investigation into Israel's crackdown on Gaza demonstrations (all times local): ____ 3:50 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a U.N. report that criticizes the Israeli military's tactics against Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza...
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Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, second from left, together with other transgender military members, from left, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Army SSgt. Patricia King, and Navy Petty Officer Third Class Akira Wyatt, testify about their service before a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, as the Trump administration pushes to ban their service. Stehlik is a graduate of West Point and served in Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 27, 2019 - 10:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration's desire to bar people like them from enlisting in the future. Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, an...
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, becomes emotional as he finishes a day of testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 27, 2019 - 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is casting the president as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex...
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Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr speaks during a news conference after the House passed a sweeping bill to further restrict abortion Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri's Republican-led House has passed a bill to ban almost all abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The legislation would ban abortions except in cases of medical emergencies. The ban would kick in if the Supreme Court overturns its landmark ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion. If Roe v. Wade remains, the legislation also would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. (AP Photo/Summer Ballentine)
February 27, 2019 - 4:57 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Wednesday took steps to outlaw most abortions in the state should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, an effort that's part of a broader Republican push amid renewed optimism that the high court might be more open to increased restrictions,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., pauses while speaking during a news conference to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 27, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, Chelsea fans watch an English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at the Stamford Bridge ground in London. Gathered with his Chelsea’s directors, Roman Abramovich stopped the football talk to raise deep concerns he wanted them to address at the club and beyond. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
February 27, 2019 - 11:43 am
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham is standing by its fans who frequently chant a term for Jews that can be considered offensive. The statement of support on Wednesday followed the chairman of Premier League rival Chelsea calling on Tottenham to end any ambiguity over the term by stopping its use altogether...
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FILE -- In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, Romanian chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Bucharest, Romania. A European Parliament committee on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, has picked Kovesi to head a new prosecutor’s office fighting fraud, despite fierce opposition from her own government. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
February 27, 2019 - 7:40 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A European Parliament committee has picked a Romanian prosecutor to head a new prosecutor's office fighting fraud, despite fierce opposition from her own government. The justice and civil liberties department on Wednesday gave the most votes to Romania's Laura Codruta...
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Ed Rowe, left, Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel, react to the defeat of a proposal that would allow LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church at the denomination’s 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)
February 26, 2019 - 8:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy...
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