Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 9:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, people stop to record images of Widener Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process. The judge issued the ruling in a 2014 lawsuit that alleged Harvard holds Asian American applicants to a higher standard than students of other races. Burroughs said Harvard's admissions process is not perfect but passes constitutional muster. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 04, 2019 - 4:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A group that opposes affirmative action is appealing a federal judge's ruling that Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian American applicants. Students for Fair Admissions filed a notice Friday with the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston. The group says it will appeal...
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Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Iraqi security forces fired live bullets into the air and used tear gas against a few hundred protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, hours after a curfew was announced in the Iraqi capital on the heels of two days of deadly violence that gripped the country amid anti-government protests that killed over 19 people in two days. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 04, 2019 - 2:10 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq, amid deadly violence over anti-government protests (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Iraq is welcoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi's call for unity, dialogue and action. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Friday that...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic. The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter. A decision is likely to come by the end of June. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 04, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights. The justices will examine a Louisiana law...
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State District Judge Tammy Kemp opens a Bible to John 3:16 before giving it to former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, left, before Guyger left for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger, who said she mistook neighbor Botham Jean's apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room, was sentenced to a decade in prison. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
October 03, 2019 - 5:38 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Judges don’t usually hug convicted murderers in the courtroom or hand them Bibles before sending them off to prison. That is what made Judge Tammy Kemp’s actions so extraordinary in the closing moments of the trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black...
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File - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, teen migrants walk in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking potentially millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of immigrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU and other attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, against past and present Trump administration officials in federal court in Tucson alleging the government violated immigrants' rights and traumatized young children who were taken from their parents after crossing the border illegally. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
October 03, 2019 - 3:52 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking potentially millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of immigrant families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU and other attorneys filed a lawsuit in Tucson...
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, shake hands as they meet after a welcoming ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Buhari is visiting South Africa after a wave of attacks on foreigners angered many African countries and led to an extraordinary airlift to take hundreds of Nigerians home. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
October 03, 2019 - 2:37 pm
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s president on Thursday said “early warning mechanisms” will be put in place to avoid the kind of deadly attacks on foreigners that angered many African countries and led to an extraordinary airlift of Nigerians, while Nigeria’s visiting leader again...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, an abortion opponent sings to herself outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. Three judges from a conservative federal appeals court are hearing arguments, Monday, Oct. 7, over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law in 2018, the state’s only abortion clinic immediately sued and U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law from taking effect. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
October 03, 2019 - 9:45 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Noisy conflict is common outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, with protesters sometimes using bullhorns to amplify their voices and the clinic itself blaring music to keep patients from hearing the protesters. Owners of nearby businesses say the commotion is a headache...
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Emerson College student Frances Hui poses in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Tensions over Hong Kong have been flaring at campuses around the world that host large numbers of visiting Chinese students. Hui, of Hong Kong, faced threatening language from classmates from mainland China after she published a column in the student newspaper, "I am from Hong Kong, not China." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
October 02, 2019 - 5:06 pm
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — As political tensions flare back home, Hong Kong students on U.S. college campuses say they have been ostracized and in some cases threatened by fellow students from mainland China, and they suspect they are being watched from afar by Beijing. Some say they see the hand of...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a gun safety forum Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 02, 2019 - 4:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates reiterated their call for gun control Wednesday and urged Americans to keep up the fight for change, sidestepping the issue of impeachment in Washington and whether it will divert lawmakers. At a gun policy forum in Nevada, Cory Booker said the...
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