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Analysis: Deval Patrick revives debate over ‘electability’

Nov. 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s late entry into the presidential race offers Democrats a fresh — and perhaps last — chance to reassess who they think is the strongest candidate to take on President Donald Trump. It adds to the now months-long debate within the Democratic Party over...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Study: MLS improves racial hiring, slides in gender hiring

Nov. 13, 2019 3:46 PM EST

A diversity report shows improved racial hiring practices for Major League Soccer but also highlighted a continuing decline in gender hiring efforts. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida on Wednesday gave MLS an A with 93.9 points for racial hiring...

California sued again for requiring women on company boards

Nov. 13, 2019 2:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by the end of this year. By 2021, boards with...

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV

Nov. 7, 2019 11:05 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Pose" and "Batwoman" are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on prime-time broadcast TV this season reached an all-time high of...

Voters in US states decide on sanctuary city, Airbnb rentals

Nov. 6, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Voters in the West took a dim view of taxes, while New Yorkers backed a new way to elect some of their leaders and a New Jersey city cracked down on Airbnb. Tucson voters seemed uninterested in becoming a sanctuary city, and those in Washington weighed whether to roll back limits on affirmative action. Across the...

Voters in US states decide on sanctuary city, Airbnb rentals

Nov. 6, 2019 1:04 AM EST

Voters in some states are deciding whether to roll back conservative policies adopted in earlier eras. Ballot measures in Tucson, Arizona and the states of Colorado and Washington gave voters another say on hot-button social issues: immigration, gambling, taxes and affirmative action. Also, in New York and New...

Time ticks away at wild bison genetic diversity

Nov. 3, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Evidence is mounting that wild North American bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across many of the isolated herds overseen by the U.S. government, weakening future resilience against disease and climate events in the shadow of human encroachment. The extent of the...

Teacher accused of segregating students on political beliefs

Nov. 2, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina school officials are investigating a Spanish teacher who has been accused of segregating students based on their religious and political beliefs. WNCN-TV reports that Johnston County Public Schools confirmed that South Johnston High School Spanish teacher Julia Lopp...

Mississippi's Jim Crow-era election system stands, for now

Nov. 1, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that he will not immediately block Mississippi's unique, multistep process for electing a governor and other statewide officials, which was enacted at a time of Jim Crow segregation to maintain white rule. However, in a ruling handed down days before...