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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new storyTexas lawmakers reach deal allowing guns on campus 
    Updated: May-30-15 7:04 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas surged toward allowing concealed handguns in public college classrooms, dorms and buildings with a key Senate vote Saturday, while much-watched legislative efforts to curb the rising costs of free college tuition for veterans and their families collapsed.

  • new storyTexas Senate OKs concealed handguns on college campuses 
    Updated: May-30-15 6:44 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has approved allowing license holders to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses - but included a caveat that lets college presidents designate "gun-free zones."

  • Venezuelans mass for year's largest anti-government protests 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:31 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Thousands donned white and took to the streets in cities across the country Saturday in the biggest show of frustration with Venezuela's socialist administration since a wave of bloody anti-government protests a year ago.

  • Norway settles pay equity dispute with $1.9 million payout 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:29 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Norway agreed this week to pay a former employee at its Minneapolis consulate nearly $2 million, settling a long-running dispute over gender pay equity.

  • Nebraska inmates sue state over overcrowded prison 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:02 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than two dozen Nebraska inmates who have spent time at an overcrowded Lincoln prison are suing the state prison system and its director, alleging conditions at the prison violate their civil rights.

  • Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over gay marriage licenses 
    Updated: May-30-15 4:19 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Pulaski County judge has rejected a request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to force officials to recognize Arkansas marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples.

  • Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue story has photos
    Updated: May-30-15 4:18 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."

  • Civil rights museum hosting conference on unsolved killings 
    Updated: May-30-15 3:08 pm

    ATLANTA - The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is hosting a conference in Atlanta to explore unsolved killings that may have been racially motivated.

  • Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire story has photos
    Updated: May-30-15 3:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.

  • Kansas House approves bill tweaking 'webcam abortion' ban 
    Updated: May-30-15 2:45 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has approved a bill aimed at allowing the state to enforce a ban on what critics call "webcam" abortions.

  • Ex-Marshall player indicted on charges he punched gay couple 
    Updated: May-30-15 1:05 pm

    HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - A former Marshall University football player has been accused of two felony civil rights violations stemming from his alleged April assault on a gay couple.

  • Gay-rights activists clash with foes in Moscow, 15 detained 
    Updated: May-30-15 10:56 am

    MOSCOW - Police in the Russian capital have detained 15 people after a clash broke out between gay-rights advocates and opponents.

  • Survey shows majority support for NY gun control law 
    Updated: May-30-15 10:05 am

    ALBANY, New York - A recent survey shows majority support among registered voters for New York's gun control law enacted two years ago.

  • Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills 
    Updated: May-30-15 9:05 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.

  • Sepp Blatter makes special mention of his Oceania support story has photos
    Updated: May-30-15 6:45 am

    Sepp Blatter had no sooner been returned as president of FIFA during a controversy-filled week when he took time Friday to thank his friends in the most remote and smallest of the six international football confederations.

  • UN rights chief urges deeper probe of Central Africa abuses 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:43 am

    BERLIN - The United Nations' human rights chief is urging several countries to step up efforts to investigate allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic may have committed abuses, a call that comes as the U.N. itself faces pressure over child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers.

  • McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:16 am

    SINGAPORE - America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

  • NYC to weigh landmarking Stonewall Inn, gay rights beacon 
    Updated: May-30-15 12:02 am

    NEW YORK - Officials are considering whether to make the Stonewall Inn a city landmark, granting recognition to a powerful symbol of the gay rights movement.

  • Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns 
    Updated: May-29-15 8:49 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

  • Feds seek records on Arpaio's investigation involving judge 
    Updated: May-29-15 8:22 pm

    PHOENIX - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking documents that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office was given by a consultant hired to help in a secret investigation involving a judge in the sheriff's racial profiling case.

  • Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 7:58 pm

    BOSTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause.

  • Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 7:53 pm

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.

  • Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 6:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.

  • Once targeted by racists, housing worker now loses daughter 
    Updated: May-29-15 5:08 pm

    Fair-housing advocate Bonnie Jouhari and her daughter spent years on the run from white supremacists who had launched a vicious campaign of harassment and intimidation in southeastern Pennsylvania. Hopscotching from state to state, Jouhari was unable to return to the career she loved, and her teenage daughter, Dani, became deeply depressed. A judge handed them a civil judgment of more than $1.1 million, which they couldn't collect.

  • Dissent: Book traces 400 years of protest, progress in US 
    Updated: May-29-15 5:01 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Most views of American history trace the rise of power and politics.