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San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers watches as players practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Trailblazing 49ers assistant has roots in Chiefs Kingdom

Jan. 25, 2020 11:26 AM EST

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — The old downtown strip, like so many in small towns across America, is quiet on a brisk January morning, just a few cars parked at one end in front of The Citizens State Bank and a few more in front of the pharmacy at the other. Around the corner is an old Texaco station, the pumps...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Kelley Blair, CEO and founder of Diversity Center of Oklahoma walks arm-in-arm with James Cooper and Allie Shinn, right, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma. Marchers joined Councilman-elect James Cooper in a march from Park Avenue and Broadway to City Hall in support of the LGBTQ community in Oklahoma City. Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

Jan. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression,...

Joseph Soares, chairman of the department of sociology at Wake Forest University, sits in his office on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Soares is disappointed that university leaders have yet to give a meaningful response after a series of anonymous and threatening emails were sent to his department last September. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university

Jan. 25, 2020 10:21 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response....

Nebraska chapter of ACLU hires new legal director

Jan. 25, 2020 10:06 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has announced the hiring of an Omaha attorney as its new legal director. Adam Sipple will lead the state ACLU's legal program, replacing Amy Miller, who resigned in November. Before joining the ACLU, Sipple had spent 20 years...

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jan. 24, 2020 7:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del....

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Gov. Noem voices 'concerns' about transgender treatment bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:26 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has “concerns” about a bill in the House that would make it illegal for physicians to administer gender-change treatments to children under 16. But she declined Friday to offer full support or disapproval. The bill would allow for...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at the North Iowa Events Center, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Top Obama fundraiser backs Biden in 2020 contest

Jan. 24, 2020 11:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of former President Barack Obama's top fundraisers endorsed Joe Biden on Friday, a pledge of support that's likely to boost the former vice president's ability to raise cash for his 2020 campaign. Rufus Gifford was Obama's finance director during the 2012 campaign and raised massive...

Maryland lawmakers look to repeal state’s ‘archaic’ sex laws

Jan. 23, 2020 5:17 PM EST

Maryland lawmakers hope to repeal “archaic” provisions in the state’s spousal defense for sex crimes and sodomy laws with the reintroduction of legislation this session. Lawmakers on Jan. 30 expect to hear Senate bill 230, which would repeal the use of marriage as a defense to prosecution of...