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New York City looks to repeal 'gay conversion therapy' ban

Sep. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City law banning so-called gay conversion therapy would be repealed under legislation introduced Thursday over concerns that a pending federal lawsuit could lead to a decision unfavorable to the LGBTQ community if the case were to make it to the Supreme Court. Council Speaker...

US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery

Sep. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican immigrant who was nearly deported after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer forged a document in his case brought about change by suing over the misconduct. Ignacio Lanuza's lawsuit helped prompt a criminal investigation that sent the lawyer to jail, established legal...

Justices tuning in to cable television civil rights lawsuit

Sep. 8, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels, two cable giants have...

Law requiring marriage applicants to divulge race challenged

Sep. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Three couples planning to get married in Virginia have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state requirement that they disclose their race on their marriage application. Civil-rights lawyer Victor Glasberg, who filed the lawsuit Thursday in Alexandria, says the requirement is a...

US judge: Terror watchlist violates constitutional rights

Sep. 4, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as "known or suspected terrorists" violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to nearly two...

Judge lets man sue after DMV rejects specialty license plate

Sep. 4, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ruled a soccer fan can sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles and claim it violated his freedom of speech by rejecting his request for a specialty license plate. Jonathan Kotler, a devoted fan of Britain's Fulham Football Club, sued the DMV after it refused to...

North Carolina judges toss districts drawn for GOP advantage

Sep. 3, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel rejected state legislative district maps Tuesday, saying legislators took extreme advantage in drawing voting districts to help elect a maximum number of Republican lawmakers. The judges gave lawmakers two weeks to try again. The three-judge panel of...

Woman cleared of murder after 35 years in prison gets $3M

Aug. 28, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a Nevada murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence on a crime-scene cigarette butt will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit, her lawyer said Wednesday. Cathy Woods, 68, will continue to...

Feds accuse county of racial bias in hiring police officers

Aug. 27, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county's written exams for hiring police officers have discriminated against black applicants for several years, the U.S. Justice Department alleged Tuesday in a lawsuit. The federal lawsuit, filed by the department's civil rights division, claims Baltimore County's use of the...

Nebraska school pulls yearbook photos of teacher's baby

Aug. 22, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — School administrators have halted distribution of a Nebraska high school yearbook in part because of a story that honors a journalism teacher for how she dealt with the death of her son only 96 minutes after his birth. The district objects to photos of the baby that accompany the story...