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Court ruling expected to end lawsuit in Chinese torture case

Jan. 21, 2020 12:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday is expected to end a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

Protesters stand outside the federal courthouse where a hearing was scheduled for Northeastern University student Shahab Dehghani, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Boston. Dehghani arrived on a flight into Boston on Monday but was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at Logan International Airport and then was deported. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

Iranian attending college in Boston is denied entry to US

Jan. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An Iranian student attending college in Boston was denied entry to the U.S. and ordered to immediately fly back to his native country, despite a court order temporarily staying his removal, immigration lawyers and civil rights groups said Tuesday. Shahab Dehghani, a student at Northeastern...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg look to answer a question during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. Multiple Democratic presidential hopefuls have talked about their faith on the campaign trail, weaving it into their approach to issues from immigration to climate change. Among the most vocal Democrats on that front is Buttigieg, who asserted his party’s connection to religion on Tuesday during its final primary debate before next month’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats' challenge: Courting evangelicals in the Trump era

Jan. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s strong white evangelical support poses a challenge to Democrats: how to connect with a group of Christian voters whose longtime GOP lean makes them compelling antagonists in a polarized era. Former President Barack Obama reached out to evangelicals in notable...

Architect of CIA interrogation program faces 9/11 defendants

Jan. 21, 2020 12:19 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An architect of the harsh CIA interrogation program created after the Sept. 11 attacks faced men on Tuesday who were subjected to that treatment, appearing as a defense witness in a hearing that could decide whether key evidence against them can be used in their war crimes trial for...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, Holocaust survivor Maurice Gluck, poses for a photo in his home in Ya'ad, northern Israel. Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of three-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Jan. 21, 2020 12:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of 3-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. After...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 11:56 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

This undated photo provided by Casey Weinstein, an Ohio state representative, shows part of memes he found in his mailbox in Hudson, Ohio. The memes were mostly anti-Democrat and some were threatening, according to Weinstein. He said he thinks they were a response to his support for gun reform. (Casey Weinstein via AP)

Legislator proposes gun restrictions, gets threatening memes

Jan. 21, 2020 11:42 AM EST

HUDSON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state representative who has proposed gun restrictions said he found memes that he considers threatening printed out and placed in his mailbox. Rep. Casey Weinstein, a Democrat from Hudson, said he returned to his home last week after a few days away to find in his mailbox a...

This Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 booking photo released by the Houston County Jail in Dothan, Ala., shows voting rights activist Kenneth Glasgow, who was arrested on assault, drug and evidence tampering charges. Glasgow allegedly scuffled with a police officer who was attempting to arrest him after finding drugs. Glasgow has worked for years to register prisoners to vote inside jails and prisons. (Houston County Jail via AP)

Alabama voting rights activist jailed on drug charges

Jan. 21, 2020 11:32 AM EST

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama activist known for registering prisoners to vote was jailed on assault and other charges after what police described as a struggle with an officer. Kenneth Glasgow, 54, was being held without bond at the Houston County Jail, records showed Tuesday. He was arrested Saturday on...

UN rights panel finds climate change can be cause for asylum

Jan. 21, 2020 11:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights panel has ruled for the first time that people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum, even as it dismissed an individual plaintiff's case against his deportation from New Zealand. The U.N. Human Rights Committee published its ruling Tuesday...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 photo people walk beside the Stadtkirche (Town Church) in Wittenberg, Germany. The church contains a so-called “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,” sculpture which is located about 4 meters, 13 feet, above the ground on a corner of the Church. A court in eastern Germany will consider next week a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic

Jan. 21, 2020 10:59 AM EST

NAUMBURG, Germany (AP) — A court in eastern Germany indicated Tuesday that it will likely reject a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached. The Naumburg court's senate said, at a hearing, that “it...