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Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

May. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that it was asking for Tennessee's Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott to resign. The advocacy...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

May. 14, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming...

New Wisconsin attorney general shifts agency's priorities

May. 10, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's new Democratic attorney general has used his first four months in office to shift the state Department of Justice to a more liberal footing, pleasing supporters by nullifying his Republican predecessor's attempts to kill federal health care reforms and limit environmental...

New report shows 41 million displaced by conflict, tensions

May. 10, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees estimates a record 41 million people have been displaced within their countries, with many forced to flee conflict, violence and internal tensions in several African countries and Syria. The Norwegian Refugee Council said a global report on displacement...

Victim's group praises indictment of Houston-area priest

May. 3, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A victim advocacy group said Friday the indictment of a Houston-area Roman Catholic priest on child indecency charges sends a message that "those who hurt children can and will be held accountable." Manuel La Rosa-Lopez was indicted Thursday on two of four counts of indecency with a child...

Advocacy groups file civil rights complaint against police

Apr. 30, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Immigrant and civil liberties advocacy groups have filed complaints against Grand Rapids police with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in cases involving people of Latino descent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center...

Report: Proposed LNG plants could affect ocelot preservation

Apr. 28, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A plan to build three liquefied natural gas export terminals in South Texas could devastate long-term, costly efforts to boost the population of endangered ocelots in the state, according to wildlife advocates. The wild cats have not been seen in the Port of Brownsville since the 1990s, and...

Baha'i community concerned over fate of its members in Yemen

Apr. 26, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A group that represents the Baha'i community has expressed concern over the fate of minority Baha'is at the hands of Yemen's Houthi rebels ahead of the appeals hearing for one of the community leaders sentenced to death. The Baha'i International Community said in a statement Friday that the...

Jaguar recovery plan envisions sprawling habitat areas

Apr. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A plan by wildlife officials to bolster the endangered jaguar population in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico by establishing two sprawling habitat areas drew criticism Wednesday from environmental groups. The final recovery plan for the large cats was released by the U.S. Fish and...