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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new storyACLU 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.

  • new storyGeorgia 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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photosstory has video
    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.