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Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

Jun. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said. Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, is charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an...

Shootings kill woman in deli, man, wound others

Jun. 16, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a woman was shot and killed inside a north Philadelphia deli, one of two homicides amid a rash of gunfire around the city that also wounded a number of other people. Police say the 40-year-old employee was struck in the head after a gunman fired from the entrance of CBM...

Advocates: Emails show that census question discriminates

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the...

Cross-sports push at World Cup for gender pay equality

Jun. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams joined retired soccer star Julie Foudy and ice hockey player Hilary Knight in the Eiffel Tower to highlight the push for pay equality for women athletes. The trio gathered Saturday night for a forum sponsored by LUNA bar and moderated by Catt Sadler, who quit E! in December 2017...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

University of Evansville settles suit over former professor

Jun. 15, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The University of Evansville has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit accusing a former theater professor of sexually harassing a student. Former university student Alexis Seay filed the lawsuit last year, accusing R. Scott Lank of racial and sexual harassment, including...

Branstad explains reason for trying to oust gay official

Jun. 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday in a civil trial that he didn't try to pressure a state official to quit in 2010 because he is gay but because he wanted someone who shared his political views about the state's needs. Branstad, a Republican who is now the U.S....

Women strike in Switzerland for fairer pay, more equality

Jun. 14, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of women across Switzerland walked off the job, burned bras and blocked traffic Friday in a day of demonstrations to demand fairer pay, more equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence. It was the first such protests in the Alpine nation in 28 years. Discontent over sexism...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

Jun. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace culture. The measures approved Thursday now head to the Senate. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports an...

4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek reelection

Jun. 14, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won't seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats' plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district...