Human rights and civil liberties

CORRECTS POLITICAL PARTY FROM REPUBLICAN TO DEMOCRAT - FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2007 file photo, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in his office on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 18, 2020 - 12:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn’t care much for what he had to say. A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2020, file photo, Vauhxx Booker speaks at a news conference for him in Bloomington, Ind. Two men are facing charges afterBooker said a group of white men assaulted him in Indiana and threatened to "get a noose" after claiming that he and his friends had trespassed on private property. Monroe County prosecutors on Friday, July 17, 2020, charged Sean Purdy with felonies of criminal confinement, battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and intimidation. Jerry Cox II has been charged with felony criminal confinement and battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, as well as two misdemeanors. (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP File)
July 17, 2020 - 5:39 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two men were charged Friday in an assault on a Black man during which he says someone threatened to “get a noose” after claiming that he and his friends were trespassing when they gathered at a southern Indiana lake over the July Fourth weekend. Monroe County prosecutors charged...
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp returns to his office after giving a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol Friday, July 17, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over its face mask mandate. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
July 17, 2020 - 4:55 pm
Across the U.S., state and local officials are trying to balance the competing priorities of protecting their citizens from the coronavirus while keeping the economy running. Add into the mix strong feelings about individual freedom, weak and sometimes contradictory guidance from the federal...
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This image provided by Rabbi Abraham Cooper shows Cooper, left, and Nick Cannon during a conversation on Thursday, July 17, 2020, in Burbank, Calif. (Rabbi Abraham Cooper via AP)
July 17, 2020 - 4:33 pm
A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon says the television host and producer is “genuinely concerned about the hurt” he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to work together to reject hate. Cannon apologized to the Jewish community this week for his “hurtful and divisive”...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. During an interview with a German newspaper Sunday, April 12, 2020, Bach says the International Olympic Committee will face “several hundred million dollars”of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until next year. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
July 17, 2020 - 11:30 am
GENEVA (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach warned against Olympic boycotts on Friday while also confirming he will seek re-election next year. Bach seems certain to get four more years in 2021 after almost half of the 100 International Olympic Committee members from around the world praised him in an...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2007, file photo, C.T. Vivian uses an intercom with Rev. James Lawson on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., to discuss the experiences they encountered in 1961 as Freedom Riders, a group of college students who defied segregation on interstate buses across the American South. The Rev. Vivian, a civil rights veteran who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and served as head of the organization co-founded by the civil rights icon, has died at home in Atlanta of natural causes Friday morning, July 17, 2020 his friend and business partner Don Rivers confirmed to The Associated Press. Vivian was 95. (Lavondia Majors/The Tennessean via AP)
July 17, 2020 - 10:00 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal campaigns in the civil rights movement and spent decades after advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at the age of 95. Vivian began staging sit-ins against segregation...
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Assa Traore, wearing a shirt that reads: “Justice for Adama, without Justice you will never be in Peace,” attends an interview in Ivry-sur-Seine, on the outskirts of Paris, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Traore started by fighting for justice for her brother Adama, who died in police custody on his 24th birthday four years ago. She’s now at the forefront of a new movement for Black rights in France that aims to wipe out systemic racism in policing and challenge the country’s official vision of itself as a colorblind society. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
July 17, 2020 - 2:58 am
IVRY-SUR-SEINE, France (AP) — Assa Traoré has been fighting for justice ever since her brother Adama died in the custody of French police on his 24th birthday four years ago. And she’s determined to keep fighting until “the end,” she says: until someone is convicted for his death. But recently, her...
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Vauhxx Booker speaks at a news confernce for him at People's Park, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Protesters gathered to demand arrests in an assault on Booker, a civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, by a group of white men at Monroe Lake near Bloomington over the Fourth of July weekend. Booker said the men pinned him against a tree, shouted racial slurs and one of them threatened to “get a noose.” (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP)
July 16, 2020 - 4:54 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State investigators identified six potential crimes Thursday in an incident report concerning the reported assault on a Black man at a southern Indiana lake. Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, said five white men...
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July 16, 2020 - 2:11 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The selection of famed trial attorney Alan Dershowitz to deliver the keynote at this year's Alaska Bar Association annual convention is being criticized by members upset over Dershowitz's past defense of men like Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz seems an...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday, July 16, 2020, urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of abusing her power in her investigation of the McCloskey's who wielded guns while defending their home during a protest. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP File)
July 16, 2020 - 11:09 am
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing her of abuse of power in her investigation of a white couple who wielded guns while defending their home during a...
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