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Ricky Gervais' Netflix special blasted as 'anti-trans rants'

May. 24, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Following in Dave Chappelle's footsteps, Ricky Gervais ridicules transgender women in his new Netflix comedy special. As with Chappelle, the British stand-up quickly drew backlash for what a LGBTQ advocacy group called “anti-trans rants.” In...

Facebook, Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users

May. 23, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook parent Meta said it will start publicly providing more details about how advertisers target people with political ads just months ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold...

Booted from GOP ballot, Trump House pick to advise ex-rival

May. 23, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time U.S. House hopeful in Tennessee who landed former President Donald Trump's endorsement before state Republican Party officials booted her off the ballot is now providing national security advice to another candidate in that race. Morgan Ortagus is...

83 children remain missing in Nevada; 25 more than last year

May. 22, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State and national advocacy groups say 83 children remain missing in Nevada, 25 more than last year at this time. Officials with the Las Vegas-based nonprofit Nevada Child Seekers said a majority of the children reported missing to law enforcement in Nevada each...

NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina advocacy groups and voters who this year persuaded state courts to overturn the legislature's congressional redistricting plan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to avoid hearing arguments on whether such courts must be curtailed in reviewing U.S. House...

Press secretary hopes her rise helps kids 'dream bigger'

May. 17, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary, hopes she can inspire young people to “dream big and dream bigger” now that she has broken a barrier by becoming the first Black and gay woman to be chief spokesperson for the president of the United States. ...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

May. 16, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

Des Moines Register. May 15, 2022. Editorial: A new report offers a path to answers about racial profiling by police. Will Des Moines take it? Recommendations in a new report, which echo earlier calls from activists on racial profiling and other issues, can help...

Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar

May. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks and nudging commuters to public transit. ...

Lebanon vote seen as last chance in crisis-plagued nation

May. 13, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In households across Lebanon, it's likely that one or more family members are planning to emigrate — if they can get a passport. Demand is high but the bankrupt government has not paid the company contracted to issue or renew the documents. Lebanese spend their days...

Advocates push for release of women's prison abuse victims

May. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A national criminal justice advocacy group is pushing the Justice Department to support the release of women who were sexually abused by staff at a federal women’s prison in California. The group, FAMM, also known as Families Against Mandatory Minimums, sent a...