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Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

Mar. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

Mar. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

10 Things to Know for Today

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHERE NEW ZEALAND SHOOTING SUSPECT GOT GUNS A Christchurch gun shop acknowledges selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings. 2. ELIZABETH WARREN...

Dissident Catholics assail Vatican role at UN

Mar. 14, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of activist Roman Catholics asked the United Nations Thursday to revoke the Vatican's observer status for failing to protect the rights of women, children and the LGBTQ community. The group, calling itself Catholics for Human Rights, said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General...

Argentina exhibit shows dictatorship-era abuses to women

Mar. 14, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Graciela Garcia Romero says she was in her 20s when a former navy captain turned her into a sex slave in Buenos Aires. Ex-Navy Capt. Jorge Acosta, who is now serving life in prison for numerous human rights crimes, would take her to apartments and rape her during Argentina's...

3 Saudi women activists receive PEN Freedom to Write Award

Mar. 14, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Saudi women's rights activists whose arrests last year have been condemned worldwide are being honored by PEN America. Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the literary and human rights organization announced Thursday....

Donors team up to expand #MeToo's impact in the workplace

Mar. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In an unusual team effort to broaden the #MeToo movement, a group of prominent U.S. foundations is launching a new fund aimed at combating sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. In addition to the foundations' contributions, some funds are coming from CBS — money initially...

Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, dies

Mar. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now, women make...

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

Mar. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from...