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O.J. Simpson case helped bring spousal abuse out of shadows

Jun. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

In a letter that surfaced after her 1994 murder, Nicole Brown Simpson detailed the fear and violence that framed her marriage to O.J. Simpson, the charismatic football star who became a TV pitchman. Simpson gave her "disgusted" looks with each pound she gained in her first pregnancy in 1988 and "beat the holy...

Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights

Jun. 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature that protects women's access to abortion amid proponents' concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could review Roe v. Wade. After signing the bill in private Monday, Gov. Phil Scott released a...

California county questions security deal for men-only club

Jun. 10, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An annual retreat in California put on by an elite club whose ranks include former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and powerful business leaders is facing scrutiny for excluding women after female county supervisors questioned whether they should continue allowing sheriff's...

Joe Biden reverses position on federal dollars for abortions

Jun. 7, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no...

In reversal, Biden opposes ban on federal money for abortion

Jun. 6, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no...

Dem rivals rebuke Biden for not backing abortion rule repeal

Jun. 5, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women's rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions. Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party's latest platform calling for the outright repeal of...

$1.5M award in breastfeeding discrimination case overturned

Jun. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict awarding $1.5 million to a Delaware fast food worker who claimed she was mistreated because she wanted to pump her breast milk. The judge on Tuesday granted a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee's request for judgment in its favor on...

Argentines protest violence against women in large marches

Jun. 3, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands of Argentines took to the streets nationwide Monday to protest violence against women. The marches coincided with the fourth anniversary of the founding of the activist group Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less. The Argentine grassroots movement has mobilized to fight...

Trudeau: Violence against indigenous women often ignored

Jun. 3, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the disappearances and deaths of indigenous women in Canada have too often been treated as a low priority or ignored and he promised a national action plan to end the problem. Trudeau was responding to an official inquiry report issued...

Don Fraser, ex-congressman and Minneapolis mayor, dies at 95

Jun. 3, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser, who lent his name to the commission that democratized the Democratic Party's nominating process and later became Minneapolis' longest-serving mayor, has died. He was 95. Fraser died Sunday at his Minneapolis home, less than a year after the death of his wife,...