Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks about his agenda priorities for the upcoming legislative session, in Zionsville, Ind. Holcomb wants Indiana off a short list of five states that do not have a hate crimes law. But as the annual legislative session in this deeply conservative state nears, some caution that the debate could spiral into a bitter culture war. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings File)
December 15, 2018 - 4:44 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. "It's not only the right thing to do, it's long overdue,"...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a high-tech forum for youth in Yaroslavl, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Putin said that Russia has a big potential for the development of high-tech industries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 2:30 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2013, file photo, Les Moonves arrives at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. CBS is pledging $20 million in grants to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that forced the ouster of Moonves. CBS said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 14, 2018 - 8:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS on Friday pledged to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. The announcement comes as the network's crisis deepens,...
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December 14, 2018 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Army commando is being charged with murder in a long-simmering case alleging he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Army Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement Friday that Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is charged with killing the Afghan during his...
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December 14, 2018 - 2:57 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last town held by the Islamic State group, in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces took Hajin early on...
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 1:13 am
TORONTO (AP) — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the...
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December 13, 2018 - 9:12 pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than...
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits for an interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Columbus. Kasich discussed his future upon departing office in January, including the possibility of a third presidential run. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
December 13, 2018 - 8:07 pm
BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. A U.S. appeals court Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 13, 2018 - 7:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., speaks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics Thursday, Dec. 13, at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government’s ongoing support for such studies. “Most of my constituents don’t understand when you harvest baby parts, why that is OK,” said Meadows, who chaired the hearing by the Oversight & Government Reform committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2018 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used...
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