Human rights and civil liberties

September 04, 2019 - 9:05 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as "known or suspected terrorists" violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to...
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September 04, 2019 - 4:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — After watching his mother die slowly when he stopped her medication, Neil Mahoney knew he wanted the option of ending his own life peacefully when a doctor told him in July that he had months to live after being diagnosed with cancer. A physician was willing to help him do that under...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks a mass shooting in Odessa during a news conference Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 4:58 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday rejected calls from Democrats for immediate votes on new gun safety measures following a violent August that began and ended with mass shootings that left 29 people dead and injured dozens more. The Texas Legislature doesn't meet again...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, a person pauses in front of Stars of David with the names of those killed in a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a spotlight on the idea of “domestic terrorism,” adding momentum to a debate about whether such attacks should be classified and tried in the same way as crimes against America by foreign terrorist groups and their supporters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 04, 2019 - 1:12 am
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism. The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, photo texas state police cars block the access to the Walmart store in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter says Tuesday, Sept. 3, that it will be discontinuing the sale of short-barrel and handgun ammunition. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
Associated Press
September 03, 2019 - 8:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, while requesting that customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and...
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Associated Press
September 03, 2019 - 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has unveiled a new flavor to highlight what it calls structural racism and a broken criminal justice system. Justice ReMix'd is described as cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies. A portion of...
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A drilling rig can be seen behind the home of Seth Ator, the alleged gunman in a West Texas rampage Saturday, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, near Odessa, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
September 03, 2019 - 4:46 pm
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that previously blocked him from getting a gun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official spoke...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2019 file photo, people stand under the portraits of 43 disappeared teachers’ college students, by Chinese concept artist and government critic Ai Weiwei at the Contemporary Art University Museum, in Mexico City. One of the main suspects in the 2014 disappearance of the students in Mexico has been acquitted, released from custody on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, as justice remains elusive for one of the darkest moments of the country’s recent history. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz, File)
September 03, 2019 - 2:36 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the main suspects in the 2014 disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in southern Mexico has been acquitted, a human rights attorney said Tuesday, as justice remains elusive for one of the darkest moments of the country's recent history. Santiago Aguirre, director...
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Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 03, 2019 - 10:29 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian league's disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word "racist" in his weekly report, referring...
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September 03, 2019 - 6:08 am
GENEVA (AP) — Experts backed by the U.N.'s top human rights body are flagging allegations of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence committed by all sides in Yemen's civil war. The offenses also include those by militias backed by the United Arab Emirates. The militiamen have expanded their...
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