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Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Dec. 13, 2018 3:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The bill passed both chambers and holds lawmakers, including those who leave...

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

Dec. 13, 2018 1:12 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its...

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

Dec. 12, 2018 4:15 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — White police officers in a Washington, D.C., suburb have used racist slurs, circulated text messages expressing a desire to "reinstitute lynching" and put a black face and Afro wig on a training dummy, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Civil rights groups sued...

Retail chain Cato to settle federal discrimination probe

Dec. 11, 2018 1:25 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say a nationwide investigation found that a North Carolina women's clothing retail chain discriminated against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities. The Charlotte Observer reports The Cato Corporation has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle the U.S. Equal...

Big rally by Malaysia Muslims calls for upholding privileges

Dec. 8, 2018 7:31 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May. The rally,...

Top Kamala Harris aide resigns over harassment settlement

Dec. 5, 2018 8:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A top aide to California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice. Larry Wallace, a senior adviser in Harris's Sacramento office, resigned after the...

Justice Department official accused of employee sex assault

Dec. 4, 2018 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department official sexually assaulted an employee and pressured another worker to have sex with him in exchange for a promotion, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. The official, who was not named, also sexually harassed at least two other female employees...

George H.W. Bush's legacy on racial issues: It's complicated

Dec. 4, 2018 7:38 PM EST

George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison. On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

Kansas sees LGBT milestones, yet big change may come slowly

Dec. 3, 2018 6:35 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will swear in its first two openly LGBT state lawmakers next month and the new Democratic governor promises to end a ban on discrimination over sexual orientation or gender identity in state hiring and employment decisions once she takes office. Yet other goals for LGBT-rights...

George H.W. Bush dies at 94; made greatest mark in Gulf War

Dec. 2, 2018 6:54 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term....