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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A commission Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past recommended Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 05, 2019 - 6:47 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the state’s...
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December 03, 2019 - 3:57 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Ten weeks before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, challengers to state law a that requires additional documentation for voters to register testified Tuesday that it has created confusion and intimidation, while supporters said the changes increase...
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John Bellocchio, a survivor of abuse, speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark, N.J., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy are taking center stage in New Jersey as the state's relaxation of statute of limitations rules takes effect. Bellocchio's lawsuit accuses defrocked former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of the Newark diocese. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 02, 2019 - 9:05 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, according to a lawsuit filed under a newly enacted New Jersey law that gives accusers more time to make legal claims. Another lawsuit filed by two...
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SCOTUS Gun Protest
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December 02, 2019 - 1:57 pm
The Supreme Court on Monday considered whether to dismiss the first gun rights case it has heard in nearly 10 years, stemming from New York City.
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. The Supreme Court is turning to gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade, even though New York City gun owners already have won changes to a regulation they challenged in court. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 01, 2019 - 11:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is turning to gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade, even though those who brought the case, New York City gun owners, already have won changes to the regulation they challenged. The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s...
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Protester holds U.S. flags during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. China’s fury over President Donald Trump’s decision to sign legislation supporting human rights in Hong Kong is evident. What’s less clear what “countermeasures” Beijing may take in response to what it said Thursday were “extremely evil” and dangerous moves. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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November 28, 2019 - 10:53 am
BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony that was granted...
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Policemen from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit search for dangerous materials at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Police safety teams Thursday began clearing a university that was a flashpoint for clashes with protesters, and an officer said any holdouts still hiding inside would not be immediately arrested. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 28, 2019 - 4:37 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Chanting “Stand with Hong Kong,” pro-democracy activists on Thursday urged the world to follow U.S. footsteps by passing laws backing human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as police teams began a cleanup of a Hong Kong university earlier occupied by demonstrators...
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Office workers and pro-democracy protesters hold up their hands to represent their five demands wanted from the government as protests continue in Central district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened Wednesday as a weeklong police siege of a nearby university campus appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the long-running anti-government protests in the Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
November 27, 2019 - 9:59 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, a man smokes a cigarette on Main Street in Westminster, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a law on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola), File
November 27, 2019 - 3:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, James Bopp, the attorney for conservative religious groups challenging limits on Indiana's religious objections law, speaks with reporters at the Hamilton County government center in Noblesville, Ind. Conservative religious groups have failed to convince an Indiana judge they've faced any harm from limits placed on the state's contentious religious objections law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. Bopp, argued during an October hearing that they were subject to "grotesque stripping" of their religious rights by the Republican-dominated Legislature. (AP Photo/Tom Davies File)
November 27, 2019 - 1:46 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding conservative groups failed to prove they were harmed by changes the Republican-dominated Legislature approved shortly after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it. In calling off...
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