Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas - though it may only apply to public schools. Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 21, 2017 - 10:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the...
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Notre Dame students walk out of the commencement ceremony in opposition opposed to the Trump administration's policies as Vice President Mike Pence is introduced at Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)
May 21, 2017 - 3:50 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the...
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FILE- In this April 9, 2003 file photo, Iraqi civilians secure a rope around the neck of a large statue of Saddam Hussein, in downtown Baghdad. The toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad in 2003 was one of the most famous moments of the U.S.-led invasion, but thousands of other Saddam-era statues and monuments were removed or modified as well including many removed by U.S. forces where they stationed. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)
May 21, 2017 - 10:20 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them? The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display...
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May 20, 2017 - 9:38 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish opposition paper has published a "May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition," left blank in protest of detentions of some staff members. Saturday's edition of the Sozcu newspaper carried empty columns with writers' names and also left the weather blank. It was a response to...
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In this photo taken March 3, 2017, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks speaks outside the Justice Department in Washington. Sources tell The Associated Press that Brooks will not be returning as the civil rights organization's leader when his contract expires this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 20, 2017 - 3:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP's leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of...
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Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 20, 2017 - 2:10 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city,...
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Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 19, 2017 - 9:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city,...
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CORRECTS TITLE FROM PRESIDENT TO GENERAL Workers prepare to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee, former general of the Confederacy, which stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. The city is completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 19, 2017 - 6:28 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They are among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Jane Meyer, former senior associate athletic director at the University of Iowa, gets a hug from her partner Tracey Griesbaum, right, following a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
May 19, 2017 - 5:39 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay...
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In this photo taken March 3, 2017, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks speaks outside the Justice Department in Washington. Sources tell The Associated Press that Brooks will not be returning as the civil rights organization's leader when his contract expires this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2017 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP's leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of...
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