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Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

FILE - Anita Hill arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. Three years into the #MeToo movement, a major Hollywood survey led by Anita Hill has found little faith in the ranks of the entertainment industry that sexual harassers will be held to account. The survey by the Hollywood Commission, chaired by Hill, found that 65 percent of nearly 10,000 respondents did not believe a powerful person would be held accountable for harassing someone with less power. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Survey: In Hollywood, few believe harassers will be punished

Sep. 29, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein may well spend the rest of his life in prison. But that doesn’t mean workers in Hollywood have faith that other harassers and abusers will be similarly punished. Instead, three years after the explosive Weinstein scandal launched the #MeToo movement, a survey by the...

Courtney Normand, director of the Planned Parenthood-affiliated political group Safe & Healthy Youth Washington that is supporting a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Sep. 28, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that's led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort...

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, in Colorado, shows Cynthia Abcug. Abcug, accused of plotting with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care, pleaded not guilty to second-degree kidnapping on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  (Douglas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Woman accused in QAnon kidnapping plot pleads not guilty

Sep. 25, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of plotting with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping on Friday. Cynthia Abcug's lawyer, Ara Ohanian, entered the plea during an online court hearing. Abcug, who has been...

Congressman accuses opponent of harassment over 2015 memoir

Sep. 25, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Democratic Wisconsin congressman on Friday accused his Republican opponent of sexual harassment over a 2015 memoir in which the former Navy Seal wrote of exposing a male lieutenant's genitals to two female junior officers while the lieutenant was being treated for poison oak at a...

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, Alphabet stock is shown on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.  Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020,  in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct by executives. Thousands of Google employees walked out of work in protest in 2018 after The New York Times revealed Android creator Andy Rubin received $90 million in severance even though several employees filed misconduct allegations against him. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives' sexual misconduct. Alphabet Inc. said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual...

Lawsuit: County failed to stop chief's sexual harassment

Sep. 25, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two attorneys with the St. Charles County Counselor's office accuse the county's former police chief of sexual harassment, and they say county leaders failed to take action to stop it. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Associate County Counselor Holly...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta gestures during a press conference discussing the government's decision to request Facebook to block an account in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday, Sept. 24, against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for allowing banned material

Sep. 24, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said at a news conference that it...

Ex-Backpage execs want judge in their criminal case recused

Sep. 24, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former executives of Backpage.com are seeking the recusal of the federal judge presiding over a criminal case in which they are accused of knowingly publishing ads for sexual services, arguing that statements made by the judge’s husband, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, about...

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. An announcement last month that Egyptian authorities would investigate an alleged 2014 gan rape of a 17-year old girl at a Cairo hotel was welcomed as a rare moment of triumph by rights activists who now fear the government is trying to discourage victims and witnesses from speaking out.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

Sep. 24, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses...