Special interest groups

This undated image provided by Amber Steinfeld shows her child, Ally Lee Steinfeld, a transgender teen whose birth name was Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr. The burned and mutilated remains of Steinfeld's body were found in a bag stashed in a chicken coop in the rural southern Missouri town of Cabool, last week. Three suspects were arrested on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, and another was arrested on Monday, Sept. 25. (Courtesy of Amber Steinfeld via AP)
September 27, 2017 - 5:38 pm
Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings. Now many LGBT-rights groups are questioning the effectiveness of the laws, saying they...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2016 file photo, Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY. speaks in Cleveland. The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating Collins. In January, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a request for an investigation of possible insider trading. The House panel said Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, it needs more time to review a report submitted last month by the Independent Office of Congressional Ethics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 28, 2017 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee on Monday confirmed an investigation of Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York after an advocacy group complained of possible insider trading. In January, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a request for an investigation of possible insider...
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August 24, 2017 - 5:34 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A transgender Singaporean and her friend have been sentenced to a year in prison in the capital of the United Arab Emirates for dressing in a feminine way, friends and family say. Abu Dhabi police did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday, but...
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August 10, 2017 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump. An environmental advocacy group looked at that civil penalties paid by polluters during the first six months under Trump. The group found penalties were less than half their levels under each...
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FILE - This April 12, 2016, file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Consumer Reports said Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, that it can no longer recommend multiple Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor reliability compared to other brands. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
August 10, 2017 - 9:00 am
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices. The consumer advocacy group said Thursday that it can no longer recommend Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor reliability...
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August 10, 2017 - 8:12 am
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices. The consumer advocacy group said Thursday that it can no longer recommend Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor reliability...
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August 03, 2017 - 8:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The casino industry's largest lobbying group in the U.S. on Thursday rolled out a new code of conduct with consumer protection measures that it says are meant to promote responsible gambling. The code of the American Gaming Association calls on casino operators to be more...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the Justice Department headquarters building in Washington. The Trump administration is signaling that it will begin investigating universities over whether their admissions policies illegally discriminate against applicants, according to a published report. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 02, 2017 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday it had no broad plans to investigate whether college and university admission programs discriminate against students based on race, seeking to defray worries that a job posting signaled an effort to reverse course on affirmative action. News...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the Justice Department headquarters building in Washington. The Trump administration is signaling that it will begin investigating universities over whether their admissions policies illegally discriminate against applicants, according to a published report. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 02, 2017 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of "changing course on a key civil rights issue" after reports that it was launching a special project to investigate whether college and university admissions programs discriminate against students based on race...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, bison graze near a stream in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park's superintendent Dan Wenk says he's taking disciplinary action against as many as 10 people after an investigation found women in the park's maintenance division were subject to derogatory comments and actions. (AP Photo/Robert Graves, File)
July 28, 2017 - 2:43 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As many as 10 workers in Yellowstone National Park's maintenance division will be disciplined after an investigation found female employees were subjected to sexual harassment and other problems. The move comes as widespread reports of harassment, bullying and other...
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