Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, a motorist enters Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. Critics of new abortion restrictions in Missouri are headed to court to try to block the law from taking effect. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood will argue Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, that the law should be temporarily blocked until the lawsuit is decided. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
August 25, 2019 - 9:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of a new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy are asking a judge to block the law from taking effect this week. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union head to court Monday to ask U.S. District Judge Howard...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a U.N. report released Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. The Rohingya refugees still live in squalid camps in Bangladesh, and a planned effort Thursday to repatriate an initial large group to Myanmar collapsed when none showed up to be taken back. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, FILE)
August 24, 2019 - 10:12 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Sunday by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from. The event came days after Bangladesh with the help...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum poses for a photo at her office in Portland, Ore. Oregon's attorney general is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the nation's highest court rules that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional. If the U.S. Supreme Court finds nonunanimous juries unconstitutional, Rosenblum said in a brief filed Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, it could invalidate hundreds of convictions in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
August 24, 2019 - 12:34 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday...
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Terry E. Brown, Superintendent of the Fort Monroe National Monument poses next to a historical marker that signifies the spot of the first landing of Africans in America 400 years ago at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 24, 2019 - 10:43 am
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted "we are a state that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, police tape lines the scene at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ after a deadly shooting at the church Antioch, Tenn. A man charged in the shooting expressed suicidal thoughts in June according to police records. With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington D.C. have now passed so-called “red flag laws” that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous.(Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
August 24, 2019 - 6:33 am
After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. But when a Tennessee father became alarmed about his son after receiving a suicidal text message...
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U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 23, 2019 - 3:02 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King said Friday he stands by his recent comments about rape and incest that sparked bipartisan criticism but acknowledged he could have made his point in a "softer way." Backed by supporters at a news conference in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican affirmed his...
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Gun rights advocates gather outside the Texas Capitol where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 23, 2019 - 1:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby is swiftly pushing back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2019 file photo John Nicholas, brother of Rhogena Nicholas, lowers his head next to a photo of his sister during a news conference in Houston. A former Houston police officer has been charged with felony murder in connection with a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured several officers, prosecutors announced Friday, Aug. 23. Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 1:42 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the January drug raid of a home that killed a couple and injured five officers, prosecutors announced Friday. Former officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the ensuing gunfight during the Jan. 28 raid ,...
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August 23, 2019 - 12:57 pm
A New Jersey school district has agreed not to use training methods promoted by a group that stresses gender differences and holds positions including that girls don't perform as well on timed tests as boys because they are threatened by pressure and that boys are bored more easily. The West...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Nebraska's highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 23, 2019 - 8:44 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline in the state on Friday when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval. The Nebraska Supreme Court...
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