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Knitters' network bans Trump support on its website

Jun. 24, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for President Donald Trump and his administration. The new policy on Ravelry.com was posted Sunday. The post says the site took the action because it can't provide...

Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now

Jun. 24, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday ruled that the state's lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions through Friday but kicked the clinic's lawsuit out of court. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a...

Stories of Stonewall: How the LGBTQ rebellion left a legacy

Jun. 24, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police strode into the Stonewall Inn. Adrenaline pumping,...

Stonewall: How a raid and rebellion became a rights movement

Jun. 24, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police strode into the Stonewall Inn. Adrenaline pumping,...

Sudan's military sidesteps proposal for civilian rule

Jun. 24, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers refused to agree on Monday to the Ethiopian proposal for a power-sharing agreement with the country's pro-democracy movement, a top general said, in comments that could worsen a volatile standoff with the protesters. Ethiopia has led diplomatic efforts to...

The Latest: Missouri abortion clinic license fight continues

Jun. 24, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute between the Missouri state health department and a St. Louis clinic over the clinic's license to perform abortions (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic is taking a battle over its abortion license to a state panel....

Indiana school firing gay teacher to keep archdiocese ties

Jun. 24, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis archbishop has forced a Catholic high school to fire a gay teacher, just days after another school in the city defied a similar order despite church officials saying they would no longer recognize it as Catholic. Cathedral High School announced Sunday that it's...

'True Justice' explores lawyer who defends death row inmates

Jun. 24, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he's always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he's not speaking on the criminalization of black men, Stevenson is...

Correction: Missouri Inmates-Hepatitis C story

Jun. 24, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a story June 23 about Missouri prison inmates being treated for hepatitis C, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state of Missouri has roughly 52,000 prisoners. The Missouri Department of Corrections oversees 28,000 prisoners. A corrected version of the story is...

Criticism as Turkey puts 16 on trial for anti-govt protests

Jun. 24, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others went on trial in Turkey Monday accused of organizing anti-government protests in 2013, with defendants and rights groups calling the charges baseless and aimed at silencing civil society activities. The prosecutor claims the defendants,...