Social issues

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 16, 2019, file photo, a man walks across the street from a Capital One location in San Francisco. Federal prosecutors say Paige Thompson, the woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations, is a threat to herself and society, a flight risk and should be kept locked up until her trial. Prosecutors are expected to make their argument for detaining Thompson at a hearing Friday, Aug. 23 in Seattle. Prosecutors say the former software engineer has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police. Her lawyers denied that she is violent. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 23, 2019 - 1:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday ordered a woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations to remain in custody pending trial because she is a flight risk and poses a physical danger to herself and others. At a hearing in Seattle, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle...
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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 - 1:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is making changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts and giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings. The interim rule announced Friday by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration judges...
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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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Former Wisconsin Badger football player Quintez Cephus, second from right, arrives at a press conference to reiterate his request for reinstatement to the university in Madison, Wis. Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The former wide receiver was acquitted earlier this month of sexual assault charges stemming from a campus incident in his apartment. He was expelled from the university in March after the university's own internal investigation. A group of current team members were on hand to show support for Cephus at the event. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 11:35 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his acquittal by a jury at trial. Cephus was suspended from the team in August 2018 after prosecutors...
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Andre Bradshaw, left, and Eric Jackson stand at an unmarked grave at the Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton, Va. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. They are part of a larger family that traces its roots back to the first enslaved Africans to arrive in what is now Virginia in 1619. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)
August 23, 2019 - 10:07 am
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A family that traces its bloodline to America's first enslaved Africans said Friday that their ancestors endured unimaginable toil and hardship — but they also helped forge the nation. "Four hundred years ago, our family started building America, can I get an Amen?" Wanda Tucker...
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In this photo provided by UNICEF and taken on April 24, 2019, Boureima Tall, a displaced teacher at the temporary learning space teaches numbers in front of his class in Socoura, Mali. Before the crisis, Boureima worked in the town of Bankass as a teacher. More than 9,000 schools have closed and more than 1.9 million children in West and Central Africa have been forced out of school because of increasing violence in the region and attacks specifically targeting education facilities, UNICEF said Friday, Aug, 23. Attacks on schools in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, where an Islamic extremist insurgency has grown, have doubled in the past two years, the agency said. (Dicko/UNICEF via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 9:27 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso village. It's been more than a year since Hussaini has been to school. "I used to love school, to read, to count...
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FILE - In June 21, 2017, file photo, detainees walk past a mural in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
August 23, 2019 - 9:22 am
SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma...
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August 23, 2019 - 9:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the growing number of accusers has topped 300. Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group's size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who...
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