Social Issues

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gives a speech during the press conference at the end of the meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, left, at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (Andrea Verdelli/Pool Photo via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 3:43 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's important for her country to engage in dialogue with China, including on issues such as human rights. Speaking to lawmakers during parliament's annual budget debate Wednesday, Merkel said China has a "growing responsibility for the global...
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A man visits Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa, Texas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, walking by the seven Texas flags that represent the seven killed in a recent shooting in the Odessa and Midland area. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 10:19 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was arrested in 2001 for trying to break into a woman's bedroom after threatening to kill her brother, and hospital staff later determined he had "suicidal tendencies," according to arrest reports obtained by The...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives for a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 10, 2019 - 9:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in "theatrics" over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that "people are dying" because the Senate leader refuses to act. After a summer of devastating mass shootings,...
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September 10, 2019 - 8:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the city's sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people...
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Environmental Protection Agency director Andrew Wheeler speaks about the release of the final report of the national Superfund Task Force, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Southside Community Park in Chattanooga, Tenn (Erin O. Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mammals to test the toxicity of chemicals, a move backed by animal rights groups but criticized as irresponsible by a leading environmental organization. A directive signed Tuesday by EPA...
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President Donald Trump calls out as he arrives to speak at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 10, 2019 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Historically black colleges and universities with a religious affiliation will no longer be restricted from accessing federal funding for capital projects, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. Trump said federal law had restricted more than 40 faith-based HBCUs and seminaries...
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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks at a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 10, 2019 - 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. First, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of...
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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., attends a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved African people in America, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 10, 2019 - 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress observed the 400th anniversary Tuesday of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and its continued impact on contemporary society. "We must tell the unvarnished truth," Speaker Nancy...
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Marianne Turnbull poses Tuesday, September 10, 2019, in her St. Paul, Minn. home. She used to be a clinical social worker for the St. Paul Public Schools but had to retire in 2015 after she was diagnosed. She has stage IV ovarian cancer and will be among the people testifying Wednesday, September 11, before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee in a public hearing in support of the End-of-Life Option Act. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 10, 2019 - 1:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman with terminal cancer will tell her story Wednesday before a Minnesota House committee considering a bill that would allow adults with less than six months to live to obtain medication to end their lives on their own terms. The bill is patterned after an Oregon law that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo, supporters of Iranian soccer team Esteghlal, hold flags of their favorite team, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 10, 2019 - 12:32 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday. The self-immolation death of 29-...
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