- ACLU suit: Akron panhandling law is abused, unconstitutional Updated: May-04-16 3:32 am
AKRON, Ohio - The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing a northeast Ohio city over an ordinance that forces panhandlers to register with the city, wear identification badges and restricts the activity to daylight hours.
- Georgia governor defies party politics with pair of vetoes Updated: May-04-16 3:20 am
ATLANTA - Georgia's Republican governor rejected the two top priorities of a legislature controlled by his own party this year, defying election year politics in a deep red state.
- Settlement reached over Saline County discrimination claim Updated: May-04-16 2:51 am
SALINA, Kansas - Saline County and a former interim director of the Saline County Health Department have reached a $75,000 settlement over a sexual discrimination claim.
- 23 Seattle landlords face discrimination charges Updated: May-04-16 12:27 am
SEATTLE - The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has filed charges against 23 landlords after a series of sting operations revealed that they discriminated against people posed as prospective renters based on family status, disability and use of Section 8 rent vouchers.
- Government reports drop in overall crime in nation's schools Updated: May-04-16 12:06 am
WASHINGTON - The latest government snapshot of school crime paints a picture of safer schools with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.
- Lawsuit: Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology Updated: May-03-16 11:30 pm
LAS VEGAS - A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs.
- 'Happy Together' copyright dispute in NY top court Updated: May-03-16 10:48 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles' 1967 hit "Happy Together" against Sirius XM Radio.
- Obama to name Stonewall 1st national monument for gay rights Updated: May-03-16 10:34 pm
WASHINGTON - New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.
- Missouri House advances 'personhood' legislation Updated: May-03-16 8:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri measure backers say will protect the unborn and opponents say would ban abortion in the state received initial approval Tuesday in the House.
- FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games Updated: May-03-16 8:08 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida State University's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
- Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed Updated: May-03-16 7:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
- 72-hour wait time for abortions in La. nears final passage Updated: May-03-16 7:30 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to triple the wait time for an abortion in Louisiana is nearing final legislative passage, winning support from an overwhelming number of state lawmakers in both the House and Senate.
- Local probes end in police shooting of man in wheelchair Updated: May-03-16 7:21 pm
DOVER, Delaware - Wilmington police have finished criminal and internal investigations into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair, local officials said Tuesday, days after city attorneys asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the man's family.
- Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed Updated: May-03-16 7:11 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent, a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort.
- The Latest: Deal also vetoes bill allowing weapons in church Updated: May-03-16 6:51 pm
ATLANTA - The Latest on legislation to allow anyone with a permit to carry concealed handguns on Georgia campuses (all times local):
- Lew says currency design plan winning rave reviews Updated: May-03-16 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that the reaction to his plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill and add civil rights and suffragette leaders to U.S. currency has been "overwhelmingly positive."
- No appeal to federal ruling against same-sex adoption ban Updated: May-03-16 6:40 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The deadline has passed for Mississippi to appeal a federal ruling against a state ban on adoption by same-sex couples.
- Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal Updated: May-03-16 6:11 pm
DALLAS - A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.
- Lawyer says Kansas activist tried to intimidate doctor Updated: May-03-16 5:39 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in her civil trial Tuesday.
- Utah to temporarily stop enforcing law in 'Deadpool' case Updated: May-03-16 5:31 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah cinema in trouble with state regulators for serving alcohol during a showing of superhero film "Deadpool" will not get slapped with future citations under an obscenity law mostly regulating strip clubs, as long as the theater's lawsuit plays out in court.
- Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate Updated: May-03-16 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON - When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah."
- ACLU asks Christie to reconsider exiting refugee program Updated: May-03-16 5:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is calling on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider withdrawing from a federal refugee resettlement program.
- South Carolina sheriff praises officers in suspect shooting Updated: May-03-16 4:59 pm
TAYLORS, South Carolina - A South Carolina sheriff is praising his officers Tuesday for not immediately firing on a man who pointed a gun at them because there were other people around in a busy retail area of Greenville County.
- Va. school board appeals transgender restroom ruling Updated: May-03-16 4:51 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia school board has asked the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a panel's ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys' restroom at school.
- Montana defends campaign finance law ahead of elections Updated: May-03-16 4:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana attorneys on Tuesday defended the state's new campaign finance disclosure law against a gun-rights organization that wants parts of it struck down before next month's primary elections.