Social issues

May 23, 2019 - 10:01 am
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes a record number of black women. The 34 women comprise a small slice of the roughly 1,000 cadets in the Class of 2019, but the increased number is...
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May 23, 2019 - 10:01 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the "Empire" actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect...
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Presidential candidate and former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks with a supporter prior to rallying with McDonald's employees and other activists demanding fairer pay, better working conditions, and the right to unionize in Durham, N.C., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 23, 2019 - 8:26 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed...
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May 23, 2019 - 4:43 am
YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A woman will stand trial on allegations she beat her mother and shaved her head because she thought the older woman was listening to the Pittsburgh Steelers' game too loudly on the radio. A judge ruled Wednesday that Delores Amorino was competent to stand trial. But the judge...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from left, David Snyder, an attorney with the First Amendment Coalition, attorney Duffy Carolan, and Thomas Burke, attorney for freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, talk outside a courtroom before a hearing in San Francisco. Advocates of the press pushed back against a San Francisco police chief who said a freelance journalist had "crossed the line" in conspiring to steal a police report, saying that it is not a crime to disclose a public record. Carolan, who is representing several media organizations siding with the independent reporter, says that the public has constitutional rights to access public records. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
May 22, 2019 - 10:24 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Media law experts pushed back against the San Francisco police chief, who said a freelance journalist allegedly conspired to steal a police report, saying that it is not a crime to disclose a public record. San Francisco attorney Duffy Carolan, who represents several media...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, May 24, 2019, on a charge of indecent assault and battery, in connection with an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
May 22, 2019 - 7:18 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and battery...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27, center, enters the courtroom in Nashville, Tenn. Samson, accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others in a Nashville church in 2017, said Wednesday, May 22, he can't remember if he did it. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)
May 22, 2019 - 4:42 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others at a Nashville church in 2017 testified Wednesday that he can't remember if he did it. In a Nashville courtroom, a prosecutor repeatedly asked 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson about his testimony that...
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May 22, 2019 - 3:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — State and local authorities will now be restricted from asking about people's immigration status, adding to a West Coast wall of states with so-called sanctuary policies. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday implementing the new rules. They put Washington among only a handful of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2015, file photo, a man walks through the employee parking lot at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. In a split decision, the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, has ruled in favor of Volkswagen in a setback for unionization efforts at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant. The NRLB has dismissed a petition for a union vote by the United Auto Workers based on a technicality. The union intends to refile immediately. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)
May 22, 2019 - 1:47 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union filed a new petition Wednesday seeking to hold a vote on its representation of workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, the same day the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a previous petition on a technicality. Volkswagen has said it is...
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Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne, center, is escorted into a hearing by Lafayette County Sheriff Dept. Maj. Alan Wilburn at the Lafayette County Courthouse, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Oxford, Miss. Kinne is charged in the death of 32-year-old Dominique Clayton, who was found dead Sunday. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 12:56 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a Mississippi murder victim is protesting a prosecutor's discussion of possible bail for the police officer charged with killing her daughter. Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the killing of 32-year-old Dominque...
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