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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new story5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 8:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.

  • new storyMuch accomplished since ADA enacted, still work to be done 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 8:37 pm

    WESTPORT, Massachusetts - In the 11 years since the accident that placed John Pelletier in a wheelchair, this country has come a long way to accommodating those with difficulty getting around, he said.

  • new storyUS, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 8:31 pm

    CAIRO - Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

  • new storyGov't reaction criticized in case of Mexico slain journalist story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 7:53 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.

  • Democratic governors share lessons learned from shootings 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 4:44 pm

    ASPEN, Colorado - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shared their thoughts Saturday at a conference in Aspen on shooting tragedies that have dominated their time in office, including the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the James Holmes' theater shootings in Aurora.

  • Gypsies' plight emphasized on Roma Holocaust Day 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 3:09 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Europe's top human right official drew attention to the abuses and discrimination faced by the Roma minority as Europe commemorated the tens of thousands of Gypsies killed during World War II.

  • Iowa summit addresses concerns of aging LGBT population 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:25 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa group that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is turning its attention to a lesser-noticed segment of that population: the aging and elderly.

  • Russian police detain several gay activists story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-02-15 12:41 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.

  • Houston professor visits museum, connects past with present 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:58 am

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Among the 1,096 people who visited the National Civil Rights Museum recently was a young college professor from Houston.

  • Body cameras get little attention from NC lawmakers 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:37 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - In the wake of unrest over police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, the trial of a former Charlotte police officer charged with manslaughter for the 2013 shooting of Jonathon Ferrell has been met with relative calm.

  • Court says jury should decide age discrimination case 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:05 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court has reinstated a Tupelo teacher's age discrimination lawsuit against the local school district.

  • Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:56 am

    HAMTRAMCK, Michigan - A Detroit-area community that targeted blacks by demolishing poor neighborhoods is scrambling to come up with money to finally end the case - 44 years after a federal judge found clear evidence of discrimination.

  • Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.

  • Clergy to march against racism in northeast Ohio city 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 6:14 am

    KENT, Ohio - A group of clergy in northeast Ohio is taking steps to combat racism in Kent, a city that Google identified as the most racist in the region.

  • Topless protest in Canada urges women to 'bare with us' 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 10:29 pm

    WATERLOO, Ontario - Dozens of topless women - and men - attended a "Bare With Us" rally Saturday meant to educate the public about women's right to go shirtless if they choose.

  • Fundraising for park to tell black experience stalls 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 6:07 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Supporters of a park that would showcase the black experience in North Carolina are overhauling their efforts, including a possible name change and the addition of a monument that would be more uplifting than others about slavery and Jim Crow laws, as they try to determine why donors haven't embraced the project.

  • Q&A on possible extradition for dentist who killed lion story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 5:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

  • No FBI cold-case inquiry for missing civil rights pioneer 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:16 am

    ST. LOUIS - Descendants of a man who vanished after winning a historic legal fight to become the first black student at the University of Missouri's law school had hoped an FBI cold-case initiative focusing on possible racially motivated deaths from the civil rights era would unearth clues about his disappearance.

  • Berlin landmark daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 10:59 am

    BERLIN - Berlin police say a well-known city landmark has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in an incident that comes as thousands of Jewish athletes are in the German capital for the European Maccabi Games.

  • Social service agencies brace for budget stalemate damage 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 9:44 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - For the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in Harrisburg.

  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:52 am

    BEIJING - Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

  • AP's Myanmar journalist Aye Aye Win retires after 25 years 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 2:59 am

    BANGKOK - Aye Aye Win, The Associated Press chief of bureau in Myanmar who told her country's story to the world despite threats, surveillance and official warnings, retired Saturday after 25 years with the news agency.

  • Abortion supporters get help from courts in video fight 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:52 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - Abortion rights advocates locked in a public relations battle with abortion opponents over videos of Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the use of aborted fetuses got some good news from two courts in California.

  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 11:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran.

  • Sheriff Arpaio's contempt hearings to proceed in September 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:17 pm

    PHOENIX - Contempt-of-court hearings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for acknowledged violations of a judge's orders in his racial profiling case will move forward this fall.