Special interest groups

In this photo taken June 20, 2018, inmates pass a Correctional Officer as they leave an exercise yard at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. CMF is one of the California prisons where general population inmates are expected to peacefully co-exist alongside inmates formerly housed on so-called Sensitive Needs Yards. The protective yards were created to safeguard gang snitches, disgraced cops, child molesters and others in need of protective custody. But they have become so violent and crowded that officials are dismantling the program. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 01, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Special California prisons intended to protect gang informants, disgraced cops and child molesters have become so violent, gang-riddled and crowded that officials are dismantling what's become the United States' largest protective custody program. The inmates are gradually...
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In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018, photo, a small group of stay-at-home mothers, with children at their sides, work to organize an immigration rally in Portland, Ore. The small group of mothers organizing Saturday's rally in Portland to coincide with Families Belong Together rallies nationwide, are working almost around-the-clock to pull together an event expected to attract 5,000 people. From left to right are Kate Sharaf, Lisa Carol Stiller, Erin Conroy and Caely Barrett. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
June 29, 2018 - 5:19 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Immigrants who have spent years fighting to change the country's immigration system are getting newfound support from liberal activists, moms and first-time protesters motivated by a visceral narrative: President Donald Trump's administration separating children from their...
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Immigrants in ankle chains disembark from a bus at the Federal Courthouse for hearings on Friday, June 22, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
June 23, 2018 - 4:27 am
TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Kansas' child welfare agency has concluded after an inspection that immigrant children housed...
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Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million member Nahdlatul Ulama poses for a photograph in overlooking Jerusalem, Monday, June 11, 2018. Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and support there for the Palestinians is strong. Staquf's presence has triggered angry reactions in Indonesian social media. (AP Photo/Caron Craighton)
June 11, 2018 - 3:10 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion. Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million member Nahdlatul Ulama, is in Israel as a guest of...
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June 01, 2018 - 2:29 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An advocacy group backed by various transportation, insurance and business organizations says Georgia has progressed in addressing a backlog of road projects, but should spend hundreds of millions of dollars more to improve its aging infrastructure. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
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May 22, 2018 - 6:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities. The legal effort was organized by Fight for $15, which campaigns...
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May 20, 2018 - 10:40 am
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A national advocacy group has designated a Columbus bicycle shop as the most bike-friendly business in Georgia. The designation awarded to Ride On Bikes by the League of American Bicyclists has little to do with what the shop sells, or that it was the only bike shop in downtown...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda take part in an AP interview in Kirkland, Wash. Gates' non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press 2018 analysis of its grants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
May 16, 2018 - 8:01 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference near the border with Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, May 7, 2018, in San Diego. Sessions discussed immigration enforcement during his Southern California visit Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
May 07, 2018 - 9:00 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally may cause families to be separated while parents are prosecuted, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would refer all arrests for illegal entry...
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FILE- In this April 27, 2010 file photo, a woman using a cell phone walks past T-Mobile and Sprint stores in New York. T-Mobile and Sprint are trying again to combine in a deal that would reshape the U.S. wireless landscape, the companies announced Sunday, April 29, 2018 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 30, 2018 - 10:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Sprint-T-Mobile deal (all times local): 11 a.m. Consumer advocacy groups are worried that T-Mobile's bid for Sprint will likely lead to higher cellphone plans because there's less competition. The watchdog group Common Cause says low-income consumers seeking more...
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