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Advocates: Emails show that census question discriminates

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the...

Cross-sports push at World Cup for gender pay equality

Jun. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams joined retired soccer star Julie Foudy and ice hockey player Hilary Knight in the Eiffel Tower to highlight the push for pay equality for women athletes. The trio gathered Saturday night for a forum sponsored by LUNA bar and moderated by Catt Sadler, who quit E! in December 2017...

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

Jun. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired. The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that said "Hey Cops!...

Taylor Swift makes surprise performance at gay bar Stonewall

Jun. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift made a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar a day after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. Swift celebrated Pride Month by appearing at New York City's Stonewall Inn on Friday night. She released her new tune Thursday called "You Need to Calm Down," where she...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough

Jun. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7:30 p.m. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang said Saturday that the Chinese government...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

Planned Parenthood builds Ala. clinic despite abortion law

Jun. 15, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions. Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the...

Rights group: Houthi attack on airport 'apparent war crime'

Jun. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group has called the recent drone attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia an "apparent war crime." Human Rights Watch urged the Houthis to stop attacks on civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW, said...