Human rights and civil liberties

June 29, 2020 - 9:51 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president. The three-judge panel —all Republican...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file booking photo from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, is Steven Carrillo. A federal grand jury indicted Carrillo, an Air Force sergeant, for murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed a federal security guard in Oakland, Calif., and wounded his partner, a federal judge said Monday, June 29, 2020. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler told Carrillo that the grand jury charged him in the indictment with first-degree murder of a person assisting an officer or employee of the United States and attempted murder of a person assisting an officer or employee of the U.S. (Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
June 29, 2020 - 9:31 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted an Air Force sergeant for murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed a federal security guard in Northern California and wounded his partner amid protests against police brutality, a judge said Monday. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler...
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City of Tupelo Community Outreach Coordinator Marcus Gary takes down the State Flag of Mississippi that flew over the City Hall of Tupelo one last time Monday, June 29, 2020.Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. (Thomas Wells/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Via AP)
June 29, 2020 - 9:01 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi flag is fading from public display in many places, even before the governor signs a bill that will retire the last state banner in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. A broad coalition of legislators passed the landmark bill Sunday after a...
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File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)
June 29, 2020 - 8:23 pm
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers representing...
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FILE - This April 9, 2020 file photo shows a closed Patagonia clothing store in Freeport, Maine. The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest brand to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app, saying the social media giant has “failed to take steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform." Patagonia joins The North Face and the outdoor gear company REI, which have announced similar boycotts in recent days. It is not clear how much the boycotts will affect Facebook's advertising revenue, which was nearly $70 billion in 2019, making up nearly all of its total revenue. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Associated Press
June 29, 2020 - 6:56 pm
For years, social media platforms have fueled political polarization and hosted an explosion of hate speech. Now, with four months until the U.S. presidential election and the country’s divisions reaching a boiling point, these companies are upping their game against bigotry and threats of violence...
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Chris Stanley, leader of The Villages Democrats Club, shows off some of the signs available at the Democratic Headquarters Monday, June 29, 2020, in Wildwood, Fla. Residents of The Villages say they've never seen anything like the politically inspired hostilities that have surfaced over the past several months. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 29, 2020 - 6:32 pm
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — There has always been a low-boil tension in The Villages retirement community between the Republican majority and the much smaller cohort of Democrats, but a veneer of good manners in “Florida's Friendliest Hometown" mostly prevailed on golf courses and at bridge tables...
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June 29, 2020 - 6:14 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's Black mayor said Monday that he was called a racist slur and told he should “swing from a tree” after he announced mandatory face masks in the Missouri city. Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter shared a screenshot of the texts, which came after he announced Friday...
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Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. The protesters called for Krewson's resignation for releasing the names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Associated Press
June 29, 2020 - 6:06 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters who were marching toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation support the Black Lives Matter movement and don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney said...
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The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Associated Press
June 29, 2020 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts and his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control" and counseled them to make their way in a world turned upside down with humility, compassion and courage. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 29, 2020 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest cases of the Supreme Court term so far have a surprising common thread. On a court with five Republican appointees, the liberal justices have been in the majority in rulings that make workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people illegal, protect young...
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