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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new story'Frisco Five' fast to protest San Francisco police brutality 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 10:11 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five people in San Francisco are on the ninth day of a hunger strike, saying they won't eat until San Francisco's police chief is fired or resigns.

  • new storySan Francisco chief releases racist texts story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:48 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's police chief has ordered effective immediately that all officers attend an anti-harassment class, even as he released more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages.

  • new storyProminent Russian novelist attacked 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:46 am

    MOSCOW - The Kremlin's spokesman has denounced nationalist demonstrators who threw green liquid on a prominent Russian novelist.

  • new storyCambodia: 5 rights activists helped hide politician's affair 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:39 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodian authorities arrested five human rights workers Friday on accusations they tried to help cover up a woman's affair with the deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The action is the latest in a series by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government putting legal pressure on its critics and political opponents.

  • new storyViolence follows California Trump rally, about 20 arrested story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:37 am

    COSTA MESA, California - Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump violently confronted each other in California leading to some 20 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County.

  • new storyViolence in Syria's Aleppo kills many including worshippers story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:32 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Insurgents shelled a mosque in a government-held neighborhood of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers, while government airstrikes struck rebel-held parts of Syria's largest city - even as the army unilaterally declared a brief truce in other parts of the country.

  • new storyLawmaker accused of harassment is all alone with his M&Ms story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:32 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Amid the frenzied negotiations, flaring tempers and occasional frivolity marking the end of another Tennessee legislative session, one lawmaker stayed conspicuously alone and quiet.

  • The Latest: Syrian TV: Rebels shell Aleppo mosque, kill 15 story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 7:36 am

    BEIRUT - The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

  • Tennessee ACLU, family sue over teen solitary confinement 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 7:04 am

    MURFREESBORO, Tennessee - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has joined a lawsuit against the Department of Children's Services and the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center to end the use of solitary confinement for children.

  • CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state's LGBT law 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 6:32 am

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state's controversial new LGBT law.

  • Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:07 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs.

  • ACLU files civil rights lawsuit against Woonsocket police 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 am

    WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Woonsocket Police Department over the arrest of a deaf man in 2015.

  • Supreme Court rules fired dispatcher should get new trial 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:12 am

    BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey - New Jersey's Supreme Court says a former dispatcher who says she was discriminated against because she refused to work the midnight shift should get a new trial on her claims that she was unfairly terminated.

  • US fears rise of jihadists in moderate Bangladesh story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 3:47 am

    WASHINGTON - The slaying in Bangladesh of a U.S. Agency for International Development employee has intensified U.S. concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic extremists.

  • Giant Chinese zodiac sculptures are turning heads in Boston story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 1:11 am

    BOSTON - A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac are stopping people in their tracks in downtown Boston and sparking conversations.

  • Lawsuit claims discrimination at the New York Times 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 1:01 am

    NEW YORK - Two women who work in the advertising department at The New York Times have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, its chief executive and chief revenue officer.

  • Flint residents tell civil rights panel of fear, distrust story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 9:05 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - Half a century after a civil rights panel investigated Flint's segregated housing, the commission held its first hearing Thursday into whether city residents again faced discrimination or racial bias - this time related to the city's crisis over lead-tainted drinking water.

  • Psychologists call suspect in clinic shooting delusional story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 8:39 pm

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - A man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic has a delusional disorder that has caused him to believe for decades that the FBI is persecuting him and that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist, two forensic psychologists testified Thursday.

  • Signatures readied to qualify gun control measure for ballot story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 8:23 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Gun control proponents intend to turn in more than a half-million signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot to tighten California's already tough gun laws, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a sponsor of the measure, said Thursday.

  • The Latest: State: 11M liters of water distributed in Flint story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 8:15 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan: (all times local):

  • Michigan law limiting talk about elections won't be enforced 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:57 pm

    ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The state of Michigan won't enforce a law that blocks local government officials from talking about a ballot question before an election, under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge.

  • Lawsuit: 2 Missouri school officials slammed girl to ground 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:56 pm

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri - A lawsuit says two white school officials in southeast Missouri slammed a black teenager to the ground three times, injuring her neck and back and requiring hospital treatment.

  • Missing students' parents demand Mexican prosecutor be fired 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:32 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Parents of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014 called Thursday for the firing of the head of Mexico's criminal investigation agency, the AIC, for what they called missteps in the investigation.

  • The Latest: Competency hearing ends for day without ruling story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:18 pm

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - The latest on a mental competency hearing for a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic: (All times local)

  • China passes law tightening controls on foreign nonprofits story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:11 pm

    BEIJING - China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party's control.