Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Thomas Farr is sworn in during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 29, 2018 - 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator has said he will vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as a district judge in North Carolina, likely dooming the prospects of Thomas Farr filling the nation's longest court vacancy. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP have heavily...
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November 29, 2018 - 2:44 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former manager at New Hampshire-based Planet Fitness has sued the company, saying she was subjected to a male-dominated, "debaucherous" environment that included sexual harassment and rape. Senior management at the Hampton headquarters organized drinking activities such as "...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the family of Giulio Regeni follow his coffin during the funeral service in Fiumicello, Northern Italy. Italy raised the pressure Thursday Nov. 29, 2018, on Egypt for concrete answers to the brutal torture and murder of an Italian researcher nearly two years ago, with prosecutors indicating plans to investigate Egyptian secret service members and the speaker of Italy’s lower house broke parliamentary ties. Italian news agency ANSA reported prosecutors are set to open an investigation against seven Egyptian secret service members related murder in January 2016 of Giulio Regeni. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini, File)
November 29, 2018 - 1:35 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy raised the pressure Thursday on Egypt for concrete answers to the brutal torture and murder of an Italian researcher nearly two years ago. Prosecutors indicated plans to investigate Egyptian secret service members and the speaker of Italy's lower house broke parliamentary ties...
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This Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff Department shows Erron Martez Dequan Brown in Atlanta. Brown, of Bessemer was charged with attempted murder in the Nov. 22. 2018, shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. (Fulton County Sheriff Department via AP)
November 29, 2018 - 12:56 pm
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suspect in a Thanksgiving shooting that spread panic at Alabama's largest shopping mall Thursday, but protesters said they would continue demonstrations over the police killing of another black man who was initially believed to be the shooter. Erron Martez...
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Activists light candles in front of the picture of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos in Caloocan, metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. A Philippine court has found three police officers guilty of murdering delos Santos they alleged was a drug dealer in the first known conviction of a wrongful death under the president's deadly anti-drugs crackdown. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
November 29, 2018 - 3:23 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's deadly crackdown on drugs. Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. ruled the...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, a portrait of Brittany Maynard sits on the dais of the Senate Health Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., as lawmakers took testimony on proposed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe life ending medication to terminally ill patients. A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that found the state's assisted suicide law was unconstitutional, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Maynard, who was dying from brain cancer, had to move to Oregon in 2014 so she could end her life. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
November 28, 2018 - 5:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court overturned a lower court order that had imperiled the state's assisted suicide law, but a longer legal fight may loom because the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether the legislation was unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th District...
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November 28, 2018 - 1:56 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System's president reprimanded the La Crosse campus' chancellor for inviting porn star Nina Hartley to speak on campus, questioning his judgment and warning him that he may not receive a raise next month. UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow invited...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by from left, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio., speaks to media at Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, to announce her nomination by House Democrats to lead them in the new Congress. She still faces a showdown vote for House speaker when lawmakers convene in January. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 28, 2018 - 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow Democrats to be House speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January. Pelosi entered the closed-door caucus election in an unusual position -- running unopposed for the nomination despite the...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. Brennan, the former CIA director and longtime intelligence official, is working on a memoir. Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, that it had a deal with Brennan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
November 28, 2018 - 6:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — John O. Brennan, the former CIA director and longtime intelligence official, is working on a memoir. Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that it had acquired Brennan's book. According to Celadon, Brennan will cover his...
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FILE- In this June 18, 2018, file photo immigrant children play outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla. In a Wednesday, Nov. 28, letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, 112 civil liberties and immigrant rights groups, child welfare advocates and privacy activists are crying foul, demanding an immediate halt to what they call an illegal practice. HHS and DHS are obtaining information from detained children on their U.S.-based relatives for reunification, the authors complain, and “using that data to find, arrest and deport those families.” Already, they write, “families have become too scared to step forward to sponsor children.” (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
November 28, 2018 - 5:32 am
Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. In a Wednesday letter to the heads of the Department of...
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