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N Ireland laws on abortion, same-sex marriage, set to change

Oct. 21, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K. This is happening because British lawmakers voted last year in favor of changing these laws if Northern...

Today in History

Oct. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2019. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1892, schoolchildren across the U.S. observed Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, for the first time, the original version of "The Pledge of...

Naomi Wolf and publisher part ways amid delay of new book

Oct. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, "Outrages." Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately Friday that they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" and that Houghton would not be releasing "Outrages." Neither Wolf nor...

Correction: Election 2020-Buttigieg story

Oct. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — In a story Sept. 28 about Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, The Associated Press erroneously referred to him as the first openly gay man to run for president. Buttigieg is not the first openly gay man ever to run for president; he is the first openly gay man to become...

Utah soccer star overcomes challenges as openly gay athlete

Oct. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Carly Nelson loves everything about her goalkeeper's job description for the Utah women's soccer team, including the pressure of keeping opponents from scoring, having a unique view of the field and directing the defenders in front of her. "And, of course," she said, "wearing the...

Trump, in Texas, bashes Democrats as 'crazy,' unpatriotic

Oct. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations. Setting a dire tone, Trump told his supporters, "At stake in this fight is the...

The Latest: Trump imagines easier 2020 win by popular vote

Oct. 17, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 3 million votes, claims it would be easier for him win the next presidential election if the U.S. did away with the Electoral College. Trump...

Idaho library reports political books are frequently hidden

Oct. 17, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Staff at an Idaho library have confirmed at least one person is intentionally hiding books dealing with issues traditionally assigned to more liberal political platforms. Books promoting LGBTQ rights, discussing gun control policies and criticizing President Donald Trump were...

Lawmakers introduce bill prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination

Oct. 16, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill to forbid employment and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. The latest iteration of the Ohio Fairness Act was introduced by Democratic Rep. Michael Skindell and Republican Rep. Brett Hillyer on Wednesday. The Columbus...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department's Great Hall,...