Social issues

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. A bill that would prohibit declawing is scheduled for a public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday, July 22, 2019, before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. In May, New York become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed...
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Police use tear gas at a group of young men who were trying to block the first LGBT pride parade in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok, Poland, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (AP Photo)
July 22, 2019 - 12:07 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish government officials condemned violence by some opponents of an eastern city's first LGBT rights march while other members of Poland's right-wing ruling party were alleged Monday to have participated in anti-gay actions. National police said Monday that 28 "...
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FILE - This Jan. 10, 2017 file photo shows British Airways planes parked at Heathrow Airport in London. On Saturday, July 20, 2019, British Airways said it is canceling flights to Cairo for a week for unspecified security reasons. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
July 22, 2019 - 11:35 am
LONDON (AP) — British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly to strike amid a long-running dispute over pay. The British Airlines Pilots Association says Monday that the pilots don't want to inconvenience the public and accused the airline of dragging negotiations into the summer. No potential...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Christine Gagnon, of Southington, Conn., holds a sign during a protest with others who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses, outside the Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. Nearly ten years ago, the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin was reformulated to discourage abuse by snorting and injecting, but it's unclear whether the harder-to-abuse format has decreased cases of addiction, overdose and death. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
July 22, 2019 - 10:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic? An expert in pain treatment at the University of Kentucky, Brown led a panel of outside...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Christine Gagnon, of Southington, Conn., holds a sign during a protest with others who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses, outside the Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. Nearly ten years ago, the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin was reformulated to discourage abuse by snorting and injecting, but it's unclear whether the harder-to-abuse format has decreased cases of addiction, overdose and death. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
July 22, 2019 - 10:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a decade ago, the maker of OxyContin responded to a growing wave of opioid abuse by making the painkiller harder to snort and inject. But has that reformulation translated into fewer drug overdoses and deaths? It's a question that experts like Dr. Raeford Brown of the...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 22, 2019 - 9:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are on the cusp of the critical debt and budget deal, one that would amount to a hard-fought, against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over must-do fiscal deadlines...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis waves to supporters after making her concession speech in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Monday, July 22, 2019, that she's running for Congress in 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 22, 2019 - 8:47 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis announced Monday that she will run for Congress in 2020, five years after badly losing a run for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. Davis will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip...
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In this Sunday, July 21, 2019, photo released by the Savannah Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a fire at the First Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Savannah, Ga. A house fire in Savannah spread to the church whose pastor was recently accused of sexually abusing a child. Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported. (Savannah Fire Department via AP)
July 22, 2019 - 8:24 am
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2005, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens winds up to throw out the first pitch before the start of the Chicago Cubs game with the Cincinnati Reds, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens never really put down his pen. Without opinions and dissents to write following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens chose instead to write books from his home in Florida, reflecting on his life but also the Constitution. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
July 22, 2019 - 6:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens never really put down his pen. Without opinions and dissents to write following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens chose instead to write books from his home in Florida, reflecting on his life but also the...
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FILE -- In this Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 file photo, provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian government forces firing their weapon during a battle against the Syrian opposition fighters, in the southern Aleppo countryside, Syria. In two months of intensive airstrikes and bombardments on the rebel-controlled province of Idlib, Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have failed to make progress against battle-hardened insurgents. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP, File)
July 22, 2019 - 4:31 am
BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike struck a busy market in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least 16 people, according to opposition activists and a war monitoring group. The airstrike took place in the town of Maaret al-Numan and also wounded more than 30 people, according to...
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