- Missouri company faces federal lawsuit over slur allegations Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 am
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri company over allegations of racial slurs directed at some of the company's black employees.
- EU high court rules against prisoner seeking voting rights Updated: Oct-06-15 7:37 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union's highest court on Tuesday ruled that a member state can ban prisoners guilty of serious offenses from voting in EU elections in a decision which was keenly awaited in Britain.
- Federal judge dismisses breastfeeding complaint Updated: Oct-06-15 6:50 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - A federal judge has ruled against a former state employee who claimed she was fired from the Department of Health and Human Services for trying to breast-feed her child during the workday.
- Gov. Brown signs California right-to-die measure Updated: Oct-06-15 4:03 am
SACRAMENTO, California - In a rare personal message, California's 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice.
- Ohio House panel begins review of 2 abortion-related bills Updated: Oct-06-15 3:16 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee is reviewing bills to restrict Planned Parenthood money and ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation.
- Labor, civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at age 100 Updated: Oct-05-15 11:00 pm
DETROIT - Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist who was part of the labor, civil rights, black power, women's rights and environmental justice movements, died Monday at her Detroit home. She was 100.
- Statehouse hearing scheduled on transgender rights bills Updated: Oct-05-15 8:32 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is among those planning to testify at a public hearing on a pair of bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts.
- Border Patrol parent agency issues custody standards Updated: Oct-05-15 7:48 pm
SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol's parent agency on Monday issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its jails were overwhelmed with Central American children fleeing to the United States.
- Atlanta looks to repeal law placing limits on photographers Updated: Oct-05-15 7:38 pm
ATLANTA - A measure has been introduced to repeal an Atlanta ordinance that news photographers said was being used to stop them from taking photos on public sidewalks.
- Colorado college sued for denying Bible-themed donor plaque Updated: Oct-05-15 7:19 pm
DENVER - A graduate of a Colorado university who wanted to cite the names of Bible verses on a donor nameplate in a football locker room sued his alma mater for rejecting the request.
- Groups plan appeal of ruling on Arizona immigration law Updated: Oct-05-15 7:18 pm
PHOENIX - A coalition of civil rights groups said Monday it will appeal a ruling by a judge who upheld the most contentious provisions of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law.
- Mexican judge frees 4 of 7 suspects in army slayings Updated: Oct-05-15 7:01 pm
MEXICO CITY - A Mexican judge ruled there is insufficient evidence to try four of the seven soldiers charged in the 2014 killing of 22 gang suspects, some of whom were apparently shot after they surrendered. Only one soldier was wounded in what the army initially described as a shootout.
- Transgender student's bathroom request stirs Nevada debate Updated: Oct-05-15 6:16 pm
LAS VEGAS - A transgender student who wanted to use the boy's bathroom and locker room at his school in Nevada has sparked a new round of debate among legislators over the issue.
- Reparative therapy criticized by Southern Baptist theologian Updated: Oct-05-15 6:11 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A prominent Southern Baptist theologian on Monday spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning gay people straight, saying homosexuality cannot be turned off like a switch. Instead, he said, the "sin" of being attracted to a person of the same sex can be changed by turning to the Bible's teachings.
- Lawsuit claims Kathleen Kane retaliated against top lawyer Updated: Oct-05-15 6:07 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A former top lawyer in Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office sued her on Monday, saying she fired him in retaliation for grand jury testimony that helped Montgomery County prosecutors bring perjury charges against her.
- Drugs, guns, conservation among proposed Maine legislation Updated: Oct-05-15 5:36 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers and state agencies in Maine have submitted more than 400 requests for bills for the upcoming legislative session, including proposals to fight the state's heroin and opiate epidemic, alter gun laws and protect popular land conservation programs currently frozen by Gov. Paul LePage.
- Gov: Clemency for 5; firearms rights for 1 Updated: Oct-05-15 5:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced plans to grant five pardons and restore firearms rights to one inmate.
- Civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65 Updated: Oct-05-15 4:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, a longtime civil rights activist, editor and publisher, has died. He was 65.
- Oklahoma officer accused of beating man with end of shotgun Updated: Oct-05-15 4:02 pm
NOWATA, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma police officer faces criminal charges for allegedly battering a man with the butt end of a shotgun during an arrest in June that was captured on video.
- New abortion tissue collection law nets 1 case in 1st year Updated: Oct-05-15 4:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas law that requires aborted fetal tissue from girls 14 and younger to be turned over to the state Crime Laboratory has netted just one case in its first year.
- UW law student sues CIA over Salvadoran civil war documents Updated: Oct-05-15 3:56 pm
SEATTLE - A University of Washington law student is suing the CIA over documents related to the El Salvadoran civil war.
- Court says fired UBS worker had right to free speech Updated: Oct-05-15 3:27 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A former worker at a subsidiary of the Swiss banking giant UBS AG won a legal fight over free speech rights Monday after claiming he was illegally fired in 2008 for repeatedly warning that properties held in the company's investment funds were overvalued by millions of dollars.
- Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda Updated: Oct-05-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.
- Poll: 49 percent say races receive equal treatment by police Updated: Oct-05-15 1:10 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A new poll says less than half of Maryland residents agree that people of all races receive equal treatment by the police in their communities.
- Ex-ombudsman files claim against Snohomish County Updated: Oct-05-15 11:41 am
EVERETT, Washington - A former ombudsman has filed a legal claim against Snohomish County seeking nearly $1 million in damages after he lost his job last year.