Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then-Arizona Republican senatorial candidate Martha McSally speaks with voters at Chase's diner in Chandler, Ariz. A Phoenix-area businessman says he will challenge McSally in next year's Republican primary. Daniel McCarthy told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 that Congress needs "conservative outsiders to step in and push back quickly." His challenge could pose a serious threat to McSally, who was appointed to finish John McCain's Senate term. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 28, 2019 - 10:28 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area businessman said Wednesday he'll challenge U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in the Republican primary, setting up a potential threat to GOP efforts to hold onto John McCain's former Senate seat. Daniel McCarthy, who founded a cosmetics company and real-estate brokerage with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2019 - 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. "I know this isn't...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. University and federal officials confirmed that incoming Harvard University student Ismail Ajjawi, 17, of Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing at Logan International Airport in Boston on Friday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 28, 2019 - 8:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2019, file photo a sign is displayed outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald’s is introducing a new training program for its U.S. employees after dozens of workers complained about sexual harassment. The Chicago-based company said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that its franchisees have committed to provide the training to 850,000 employees. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
August 28, 2019 - 5:22 pm
McDonald's is introducing a new training program for its U.S. employees after dozens of workers complained about sexual harassment. The Chicago-based company said Wednesday that its franchisees have committed to provide the training — a combination of online work and in-person discussions — to 850,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. County commissioners in Nevada have agreed to a $3 million settlement with Woods, who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence tied to a crime-scene cigarette butt. The National Registry of Exonerations says Cathy Woods was the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history. The Washoe County Commission approved the settlement Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
August 28, 2019 - 4:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence on a crime-scene cigarette butt will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit, her lawyer said Wednesday. Cathy Woods, 68, will...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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August 28, 2019 - 5:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Racism in America is an institutional "white man's problem visited on people of color," Vice President Joe Biden said, arguing that the way to attack the issue is to defeat President Donald Trump and hold him responsible for deepening the nation's racial divide. Taking aim at...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, a motorist enters Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect on August 28 after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed the lawsuit, arguing that the law is unconstitutional and goes against the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
August 27, 2019 - 5:02 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court,...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, July 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech before the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw, Poland. Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, in an open letter published Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019, ahead of the U.S. President's visit to attend ceremonies upcoming Saturday in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, FILE)
August 27, 2019 - 10:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Almost two dozen Polish former ambassadors are telling U.S. President Donald Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, and urging him to use an upcoming visit to pressure the country's populist government to respect human rights and stop flouting the constitution. "Mr...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2009, file photo a portrait of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in jail, is held by his mother Nataliya Magnitskaya, as she speaks during an interview with the AP in Moscow. A top European court says Russia's failure to provide adequate medical care to jailed lawyer Sergei Magnitsky could have led to his 2009 death, which led to U.S. and European sanctions. The France-based European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered Russia to pay Magnitsky's wife and mother 34,000 euros in damages. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
August 27, 2019 - 10:50 am
PARIS (AP) — A top European court ruled Tuesday that Russia's failure to provide adequate medical care to jailed lawyer Sergei Magnitsky could have led to his 2009 death, which sparked U.S. and European sanctions. The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay Magnitsky's widow and mother...
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MTV Moon Man arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
August 26, 2019 - 10:50 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards, being held Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Billie Eilish has won best new artist at the MTV VMAs, but the breakout artist's demanding touring schedule kept her from accepting the award...
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