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GOP convention could come to Democrat-friendly Charlotte

Jul. 15, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte, North Carolina, a Democrat-dominated city whose transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance triggered a statewide political war, is a front-runner to host the 2020 Republican Convention where President Donald Trump seeks an anointing to run for a second term. Charlotte's mayor...

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

Jul. 13, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson on Friday withdrew from the film "Rub & Tug" after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash. In a statement to Out.com on Friday, Johansson said she's pulling out from the project "in light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting."...

Indonesia's Aceh carries out public canings despite pledge

Jul. 13, 2018 8:47 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's deeply conservative Muslim province of Aceh on Friday publicly caned 15 people found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public. Several hundred people including a group of tourists from Malaysia watched the caning...

Leader of LGBTQ veterans group to oversee Boston parade

Jul. 12, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The leader of an LGBTQ veterans group has been hired to oversee the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade, which has been embroiled in controversy over whether to allow gay groups to participate. The parade's organizer, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, announced Thursday it has...

Hawaii Supreme Court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case

Jul. 11, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay...

India asks top court to decide on law criminalizing gay sex

Jul. 11, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Wednesday asked the country's top court to rule on whether to repeal or keep a controversial law that criminalizes homosexual acts. Government attorney Tushar Mehta asked the court to rule on the issue of consensual sexual acts between two adults. He urged the five...

Supreme Court enjoys relatively high public confidence

Jul. 10, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Supreme Court justice will join the bench at a time when the public has more confidence in the high court than in Congress or the presidency. A Gallup survey in June found 37 percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the court, while another 42...

The Latest: Liberals rally on court steps against Kavanaugh

Jul. 9, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nomination of a Supreme Court justice (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups are holding a raucous late-night rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to oppose President Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The rally began...

Americans confident in high court, but what about issues?

Jul. 9, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Supreme Court justice will join the bench at a time when the public has more confidence in the high court than in Congress or the presidency. A Gallup survey in June found 37 percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the court, while another 42...

Actor Tab Hunter, star of 'Damn Yankees' movie, dies age 86

Jul. 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as "Battle Cry" and "Damn Yankees" and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86. Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood...