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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:40 pm
  • CAIRO - The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.

  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

  • Bloomfield city manager settles lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:31 pm
  • BLOOMFIELD, New Mexico - A lawsuit filed in 2012 accusing Bloomfield's city manager of sexual harassment has been settled.

  • Some W.Va. state Dems flip to GOP for midterms 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:01 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia's long-time Democratic Legislature, a few Democrats have jumped ship to the GOP and are challenging former colleagues in midterm races.

  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:55 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights - barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

  • Brown County takes 2nd run at courthouse upgrades 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:31 am
  • NASHVILLE, Indiana - Brown County officials are taking another run at residents in hopes they'll support a tax increase for an expansion of the outdated 130-year-old courthouse.

  • Memoir shows changes in Mississippi race relations 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:04 am
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - David Jordan was born on a Mississippi Delta plantation during the Great Depression, when segregation and poverty created a bleak outlook for a son of black sharecroppers.

  • Hearing to consider voting policies in 4 states 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:06 am
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - Civil rights groups are planning a hearing to consider how to improve elections administration and expand access to voting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

  • Discrimination task force issues recommendations 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:50 am
  • SAN JOSE, California - A committee formed at San Jose State University after a black student said his white roommates racially harassed and tortured him has issued a set of recommendations to the school on how it can improve safety and diversity on campus.

  • Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:28 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.

  • Revenge pornography penalties considered in Colorado 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:01 pm
  • DENVER - Using intimate photos or videos of significant others to humiliate them would be a crime under a bill being considered by lawmakers in Colorado, which is joining a growing number of states tackling the issue referred to as revenge porn.

  • Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:34 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions, dealing another loss to unions trying to overturn the Republican governor's signature legislation that led to massive protests at the Wisconsin Capitol three years ago.

  • Cook County issues 1,000th gay marriage license 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:46 pm
  • CHICAGO - Cook County has issued its 1,000th marriage license to a same-sex couple.

  • Kansas governor signs technical abortion changes 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:04 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed abortion legislation addressing legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

  • Iowa cases against felons for voting to proceed 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:52 pm
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa prosecutor said she will pursue pending cases against convicted felons accused of voting illegally in 2012 despite a new Iowa Supreme Court ruling that makes it unclear whether they lost their voting rights in the first place.

  • Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:24 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren't violating state law.

  • Illinois medical marijuana: $100 for patient card 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:22 pm
  • CHICAGO - Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that had angered gun owners - changes that are going down well with the law's supporters.

  • Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights in Ga. 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:17 pm
  • ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign legislation next week expanding gun rights in Georgia.

  • Greene Co. bingo centers resuming operations 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:07 pm
  • EUTAW, Alabama - Some of Greene County's bingo parlors are reopening following a raid by state authorities, who contend the operations violate Alabama law.

  • Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:05 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

  • New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:55 pm
  • NEWARK, New Jersey - A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.

  • N. Korea criticizes 'human rights racket' of US 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:46 pm
  • PYONGYANG, North Korea - A North Korean spokesman is blaming the United States and its allies for a "human rights racket" a day after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss a new report that accuses the reclusive communist regime of crimes against humanity.

  • Rice: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:04 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust.

  • Teacher Fietek launches Minn. House campaign 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:34 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A teacher who spoke out for gay students during a bullying debate in the state's largest school district says he's running for a state House seat.

  • Va. gov. changes policies on felons' voting rights 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:22 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Friday that will make it easier for violent felons and drug offenders to regain their voting rights.