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Stories with subject: Social issues
  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:49 am
  • TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.

  • Bible verse on Parkersburg S. T-shirts questioned 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:47 am
  • PARKSBURG, West Virginia - Wood County school officials have asked their lawyers to review a wrestling team's T-shirts that bear a Bible verse on the back.

  • Charlotte weighs immigrant-friendly city policies 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:38 am
  • CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina's biggest city is looking at ways to boost growth by attracting new immigrants to the United States, a move some complain would welcome people living in the country illegally.

  • Democrat's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:37 am
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two years ago, Republican David Rouzer lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre by just 654 votes - a razor-thin margin of 0.2 percent among the nearly 337,000 ballots cast.

  • Gender gap under Ohio governor nearly $10 an hour 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:16 am
  • DAYTON, Ohio - A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio's five elected statewide officials has grown to almost $10 an hour, as it's shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.

  • Oregon gay-marriage ban goes to court this week 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:05 am
  • SALEM, Oregon - The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week.

  • Not all want University of Rhode Island cops armed 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:04 am
  • SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island - The University of Rhode Island's plan to arm campus police is drawing mixed reviews from students and faculty, with some saying it's long overdue at the nation's only public university where campus police do not carry firearms and others who fear it will lead to more violence.

  • Miss America: Rethink suspension over prom query 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:01 am
  • YORK, Pennsylvania - Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

  • Some happy endings for dogs in fighting bust 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:44 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Addison, a black and white pit bull, sleeps each night on her owners' bed, snuggling into the curves of their legs. She never caught on to the game of fetch but pushes a basketball around her Annapolis, Maryland backyard. She takes special obedience classes so she can go into elementary schools as parts of an anti-animal cruelty education program.

  • Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:25 am
  • BAGHDAD - A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly 50 others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

  • In Md. court, teen takeover offers a second chance 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:14 am
  • LA PLATA, Maryland - The 16-year-old said he didn't think before stealing a shirt, pants, hat and jewelry box from a local Kohl's. He had fallen in with new friends after moving from Virginia to Maryland, and he followed their lead. He put on the clothes and started to walk out of the store.

  • LDS leader: incursions on religious freedom 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:34 am
  • SALT LAKE CITY - A high-ranking Mormon leader says protections of religious freedom of speech are eroding.

  • Syria's Assad visits recaptured Christian village 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:32 am
  • BEIRUT - Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists.

  • Va. couple seek to adopt 10-year-old from India 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:28 am
  • LYNCHBURG, Virginia - His infectious smile lights up the room from atop a shelf in Todd and Tobey Thurston's Campbell County home - the face of the couple's daily prayer to one day become blessed with a son.

  • Gunmen kill police captain, conscript near Cairo 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 8:58 am
  • CAIRO - Gunmen killed a police captain and a conscript in a firefight on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, in the second such attack in three days to target Egypt's security services.

  • Wisconsin DNR assessing winter deer kill 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 7:04 am
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd.

  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 6:58 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

  • 'Dog publicist' uses Internet to save lives 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:25 am
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - At the Mat-Su Borough Animal Care Facility on Sunday morning, Rachel Reese set up two portable lights, unzipped a canvas bag crammed with animal-sized cowboy hats, bow-ties and a cardboard sign that read "Free Hugs." Then she readied herself for her rambunctious, leashed clients: the dogs of the animal shelter.

  • Marijuana firm buys buildings in Florida 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:04 am
  • BRADENTON, Florida - A publicly traded firm that appears to be positioning itself in advance of a medical marijuana vote in Florida later this year has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

  • New program uses art to teach science 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 1:10 am
  • MELBOURNE, Florida - It's a challenge tackled by engineers in the space program: Design a garment that can withstand a certain level of heat.

  • New Haven teams canvass in effort to halt violence 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 1:05 am
  • NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - She hoped to be attending Torrence Gamble's graduation in a few years, not visiting him in prison, Superintendent Garth Harries recalled a teacher telling him after Gamble was shot to death.

  • Feds probe how UC Berkeley handles sexual assaults 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:22 pm
  • BERKELEY, California - Federal officials are investigating how the University of California, Berkeley responds to reports of campus sexual assaults.

  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:52 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

  • Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working.

  • Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:12 pm
  • GROVETOWN, Georgia - Georgia's top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who'd be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.