Human rights and civil liberties

May 13, 2017 - 2:00 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The sister of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational traffic stop with a white state trooper, says it is "gut-wrenching" that lawmakers stripped police reforms from a bill named after her sibling and are now pushing a weakened...
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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, talks to the media surrounded by his attorneys, David Hochman, left, and Nathan Hochman, right, outside federal court in Los Angeles Friday, May, 12, 2017. Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran. The 74-year-old Baca, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, was sentenced by a judge who has shown little leniency when it comes to Baca's role atop a department rife with corruption. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 12, 2017 - 7:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The effort by former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and his underlings to derail an FBI investigation into beatings in the jails he ran was dubbed Operation Pandora's Box. Like the Greek myth the name was based on, it contained troubles the conspirators never anticipated when...
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Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12, 2017, in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis will canonize on Saturday two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 12, 2017 - 5:13 pm
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Fatima shrine in Portugal (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Pope Francis says Catholic leaders do a "great injustice" when they say God judges sinners when in fact he forgives sinners with his mercy. At an evening prayer service Friday in...
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The figure of Jefferson Davis is removed from its base as a police officer stands watch over demonstrators both for and against the removal of confederate era statues in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 11, 2017 - 4:41 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The statue of the Confederacy's president had been hoisted from its stone pedestal in the pre-dawn hours and the blue glint of police lights was still visible two blocks away outside the corner laundromat where Carol Patterson sat as diverted rush-hour traffic rolled by. "It's...
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May 11, 2017 - 3:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher as the Republican-controlled state House closes in on a key midnight Thursday deadline to approve legislation. A proposal mandating transgender Texans to use public...
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May 11, 2017 - 7:10 am
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy could cut power to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in a dispute over an $18,000 credit deposit. The News & Observer reports ( http://bit.ly/2r16KPW ) museum officials sent a letter to the N.C. Utilities Commission in April, asking the...
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May 11, 2017 - 6:24 am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — People interested in the future of a center founded by a prominent civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised will have a chance to speak during a hearing in Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina is holding a public comment session Thursday about a...
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This 2016 photo released by lawyer Mark Denbeaux shows his client Zayn al Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, at the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in a photo taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Abu Zubaydah, the first CIA captive subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him. (Mark Denbeaux via AP)
May 11, 2017 - 6:14 am
MIAMI (AP) — A man who became the first CIA captive subjected to what the U.S. government called "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him later...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivers a commencement address to graduates at Bethune-Cookman University, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 11, 2017 - 3:51 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy Devos vowed support for the students at a historically black university at their graduation ceremony, but was nearly drowned out by booing and shouts of "Liar!" Many graduating students turned their back to her in protest. DeVos sought common...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivers a commencement address to graduates at Bethune-Cookman University, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 10, 2017 - 10:14 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest. "Let's choose to hear one another...
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