Human rights and civil liberties

Private investigator Jason Jensen holds a phenotype report at his office Friday, June 15, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Groups of private investigators in Utah and California have been emboldened by the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer and are spearheading a push to replicate authorities' use of DNA evidence in that case by urging amateur genealogists to contribute genetic information to a public DNA database, despite concerns about privacy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
June 16, 2018 - 12:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who had eluded authorities for decades. Emboldened by that breakthrough, a number of private...
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Russian police detane Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, center, as he holds a banner that read "Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people" near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. A British LGBT activist has been detained has been detained near the Red Square for holding a one-man protest against Russia's abuse of gays. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
June 16, 2018 - 10:37 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city. The Fare Network, which helps FIFA and UEFA investigate cases of discriminatory behavior by fans, had planned to...
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June 15, 2018 - 10:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, Michigan State University interim President John Engler listens as he runs his first Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting on campus in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University board trustee Brian Mosallam is asking Engler to resign immediately. Mosallam released a statement Friday, June 15, saying the crisis on campus related to Larry Nassar will not settle until Engler steps down. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
June 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan State University trustees are calling for interim school president John Engler to resign immediately, joining a chorus of sexual assault victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and top legislators who say the campus community cannot heal until...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott waves to delegates as the arrives for the Texas GOP Convention, Friday, June 15, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 15, 2018 - 4:37 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday told his party that gun rights are safe on his watch amid worries by some conservatives over his response to last month's mass shooting at a high school near Houston that killed 10 people. Abbott headlined the Texas GOP Convention in...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2015 file photo, Jared Taylor speaks during the International Russian Conservative Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia. A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. California Superior Court Judge Harold Khan ruled in Taylor's favor during a hearing Thursday, June 14, 2018 on Twitter's request to dismiss the suit, court records show. Taylor claims Twitter permanently suspended accounts belonging to him and hundreds of other far-right users in December based solely on their political views and affiliations. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
June 15, 2018 - 2:13 pm
A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn ruled in Jared Taylor's favor during a hearing Thursday on Twitter...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2018 file photo, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, center, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, left, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign, speak at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. They announced the campaign is preparing for 40 days of non-violent "direct action" in about 30 states that will climax with a rally in Washington this June. The organization is the rekindling of the campaign to help poor people that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was working on when he was killed April 4, 1968, in Memphis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
June 15, 2018 - 2:51 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of anti-poverty activists have launched a campaign in recent weeks modeled after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign of 1968. Like the push 50 years ago, advocates are hoping to draw attention to those struggling with deep poverty from Appalachia...
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People take part in a Gay Pride parade in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 9, 2018. The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
June 15, 2018 - 1:21 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a print shop employee who refused to print banners for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement. The country's top court said it was upholding the ruling of a lower court. The Regional...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018, file photo, members of the the Culinary Union carry signs at a union hall in Las Vegas. Unionized workers at the casino-resorts operated by Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas are casting ballots Thursday, June 14 to ratify their newly negotiated five-year contract. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 14, 2018 - 11:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Housekeepers, bartenders and other unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by Caesars Entertainment approved a new five-year contract, ending the possibility of a strike at those properties. A few thousand members of the Culinary Union voted in two sessions to ratify...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. The Supreme Court has struck down a Minnesota law that restricted what voters can wear to polls. The justices ruled June 14, that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices’ 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 14, 2018 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel. Minnesota contended the restrictions were reasonable, kept order at polling places and...
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