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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

May. 28, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal...

Delegates stand during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

May. 28, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory. The National People’s Congress approved the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was...

Chinese President Xi Jinping reaches to vote on a piece of national security legislation concerning Hong Kong during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China moves to quell Hong Kong protests with security law

May. 28, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing's broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year. The Beijing-backed Hong Kong government...

A women wearing a face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Asian stocks are mixed after an upbeat open, as hopes for an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis were dimmed by tensions between the U.S. and China over Hong Kong and other issues. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street rally; Hong Kong lower

May. 28, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed after an upbeat open on Thursday, as investors pinned their hopes on an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis. Shares rose in Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai but dropped in Hong Kong, where tensions are flaring over Beijing’s effort to exert more control...

Riot policeman pushes a woman as she is taking a photograph of the detained protesters at the area in Mongkok, Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

May. 27, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for the U.S. to withdraw the former British colony’s preferential trade and financial status it has enjoyed since it...

In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, photo, protesters walk on a Chinese national flag during a protest at a mall in Hong Kong. China's decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong is raising questions about the future of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The move bypasses Hong Kong's government _ which has not been able to enact such a law despite a requirement that it does _ and could allow the stationing of Chinese security officers in the city. A look at what it means and why people are concerned. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP EXPLAINS: Why China is pushing Hong Kong security law

May. 27, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is taking matters into its own hands after last year's tumultuous anti-government protests in Hong Kong that often descended into tear gas-filled clashes. In a surprise move, the central government announced last week that it would develop laws to outlaw secession, subversion,...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats: White House letter on watchdogs 'disrespectful'

May. 27, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats say a White House letter declaring that President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general is inadequate and even disrespectful, escalating a bipartisan fight with Trump over his removal of internal watchdogs. Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the...

Editorial Roundup: US

May. 27, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ May 27 The New York Post on Twitter fact-checking President Donald Trump's tweets: After President Trump’s fevered conspiracy tweets about Joe Scarborough’s former intern Lori Klausutis, her widower, T.J. Klausutis, begged the...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror

Kentucky election laws draw court challenge amid virus

May. 27, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new law requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID to vote drew a court challenge Wednesday from groups seeking widespread use of mail-in absentee ballots for the fall election, eager to protect voters fearful of coronavirus spread. The groups argued in a...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Bowling Green's Neil Lambert bats during the team's NCAA college baseball game against Kent Sate in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green recently announced that it is dropping baseball. Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX, which requires the equitable treatment of remaining men's and women's programs. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Title IX major factor for colleges looking at sports cuts

May. 27, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

Financially challenged schools considering cutting sports in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are making difficult decisions of who gets to keep playing and who doesn't. The choices aren't just about money when they involve women's sports. And while Title IX doesn't prevent women's sports from being...