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Border agency plans vehicle pursuit policy to raise safety

May. 24, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

DONNA, Texas (AP) — The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that he is developing a new policy for vehicle pursuits with an eye toward increasing safety after a spate of deaths. Commissioner Chris Magnus, who took over the nation's largest law enforcement agency...

Mixed Texas ruling allows trans youth parent investigations

May. 13, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. ...

Face-scanner Clearview agrees to limits in court settlement

May. 09, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle allegations that it collected people's photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling...

An algorithm that screens for child neglect raises concerns

Apr. 29, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

Inside a cavernous stone fortress in downtown Pittsburgh, attorney Robin Frank defends parents at one of their lowest points – when they risk losing their children. The job is never easy, but in the past she knew what she was up against when squaring off against child protective...

Judge orders school to let trans student use boys restroom

Apr. 29, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday ordering a central Indiana middle school to allow a transgender student to have access to the boys restroom. The order issued by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt requires John R. Wooden Middle School...

Amber Heard's lawyers revised article Johnny Depp sued over

Apr. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard pushed to have details of her marriage with fellow actor Johnny Depp included in an op-ed piece that she wrote about domestic violence, even though her lawyers wanted those passages removed from the article, which is now the subject of a libel lawsuit,...

Suit: Mississippi high court districts dilute Black voting

Apr. 25, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi needs to update its state Supreme Court districts to ensure Black voters have a chance to elect a candidate of their choice in a state with a history of racially polarized voting, Black plaintiffs said in a lawsuit filed Monday. Mississippi's three...

Flight attendants settle Frontier discrimination suit

Apr. 13, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Frontier Airlines has settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of flight attendants who claimed the carrier discriminated against them during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Denver-based Frontier agreed to keep or change several policies to address the...

Judge upholds Florida's 24-hour wait period for abortion

Apr. 12, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women will have to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion under a ruling by a Florida judge in a nearly seven-year battle over the waiting period. Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey in Tallahassee tossed out a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Gainesville women's...

Pennsylvania State Police settle profiling, immigration suit

Apr. 06, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

Pennsylvania State Police settled a federal lawsuit alleging troopers routinely and improperly tried to enforce federal immigration law by pulling over Hispanic motorists on the basis of how they looked and detaining those suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, officials announced Wednesday. ...