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  • new storyPuerto Rican judge nominated as 1st gay chief justice 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 12:21 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has been nominated to head the U.S. territory's Supreme Court as the first openly gay chief justice in the United States.

  • new storyThe Latest: Kerry says will make Syria agreement work story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 12:05 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria as government troops, backed by Russian air power, continue to encircle rebel-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo (all times local):

  • new storyThe Latest: US has 'profound interest' in UK staying in EU story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 11:58 am

    MUNICH - The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):

  • new storyUniversity of Missouri considering legality of student union 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 11:57 am

    COLUMBIA, Missouri - The University of Missouri is looking into whether a graduate student employee union at the university would be legal, interim President Mike Middleton said.

  • new storyResort agrees to settle lawsuit over immigrant workers 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 11:13 am

    DENVER - Vail Run Resort and its management company have agreed to pay eight Mexican workers $1 million after a manager was accused of sexually harassing women and firing workers who complained.

  • Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 11:02 am

    CAIRO - Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

  • Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:59 am

    BEIRUT - Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city, Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group said.

  • GOP congressman mulls run for governor in deep blue New York story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:51 am

    KINDERHOOK, New York - He is a Republican former Army colonel with political positions diverse enough to support gun rights and gay marriage. He won re-election in a Hudson Valley district that favored President Barack Obama and captured a third term by crushing a deep-pocketed Democrat by almost 30 points.

  • School officials reviewing rules for transgender students 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:33 am

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama education officials have spent the past few weeks reviewing legal issues regarding transgender students accessing locker rooms and bathrooms on school properties.

  • Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 9:59 am

    KINSHASA, Congo - Rebels in northeast Congo killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, a local activist group reported Saturday, the latest attack in a region the United Nations says is facing deteriorating security.

  • Annual civil rights rally in Raleigh now in 10th year 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 4:01 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Demonstrators seeking what they call progressive policies in North Carolina state government are gathering for their 10th annual march and rally, led by the state NAACP.

  • Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 3:07 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.

  • Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 1:04 am

    NEW DELHI - Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.

  • Texas A&M president decries reports of racial harassment 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:04 pm

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M University is still trying to determine which students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to a group of black and Latino high school students touring the campus.

  • Voting rights groups sue federal election official 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 10:45 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - A coalition of voting rights groups on Friday sued a federal elections official who decided that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a national form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship.

  • Lawmakers postpone vote on adoption by gay couples bill story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 9:33 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers postponed a vote Friday night on a proposal to ensure married gay couples are treated equally as married heterosexual couples in adoptions and foster care placements.

  • Mandan man accused of shouting slurs, threats pleads guilty 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 7:08 pm

    MANDAN, North Dakota - A Mandan man accused of shouting racist slurs and threatening to kill a woman has pleaded guilty.

  • Senate defeats bill on student digital privacy rights 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 6:23 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The state Senate rejected a bill that would have prohibited teachers and school officials from prying into students' private personal social media accounts after opponents voiced concern it would jeopardize school safety.

  • Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm

    FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

  • Activists say officer's shooting conviction no bellwether 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:53 pm

    NEW YORK - Police-reform activists, who have come to expect disappointment any time an officer is accused in a killing, expressed surprise Friday over the conviction of a patrolman who shot an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell but said they don't necessarily see the case as a turning point in the national debate over police accountability.

  • Police seek white supremacist gang members who fled parole 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:51 pm

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Authorities are searching for two paroled members of a white supremacist prison gang who removed their ankle monitoring bracelets.

  • Challenge to Nebraska's limit on paternity requests rejected 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:19 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected Friday a constitutional challenge to the state's four-year statute of limitations on paternity requests in the case of a man who sought paternity and custody of an 8-year-old child born to a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Metro Nashville Schools 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:16 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a student against the Metro Nashville Public School system alleging she was pulled out of an algebra class so she wouldn't have to take a test, allowing her school to artificially inflate its scores.

  • Illinois to close youth correctional facility in Kewanee story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:04 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced Friday it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, news that delighted a civil rights group but distressed employees who worried about alternative housing for maximum-security offenders.

  • Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 4:54 pm

    PARIS - If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.