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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coons faces political newcomer Lauren Witzke in Delaware's U.S. Senate race. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP, File)

Delaware Senate race conjures comparison with 2010 campaign

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — This year’s U.S. Senate race in Delaware is conjuring up comparisons with a campaign a decade ago that resulted in Democrat Chris Coons winning the seat once held by Joe Biden after conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell in a campaign ad famously assured voters she was...

Texas allows social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients

Oct. 17, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials are facing backlash after deciding to allow social workers to turn away clients on the basis of their disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. At the direction of the governor's office, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to...

Autopsy: Transgender rights activist died from embolism

Oct. 16, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Monica Roberts, a prominent Houston transgender rights activist and blogger, died of complications of a pulmonary embolism, the Harris County medical examiner reported Thursday. Roberts' body was found early the morning of Oct. 6 in the parking lot of an apartment complex, where she had...

Police: Man arrested following pursuit, crash in Virginia

Oct. 16, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A man who police say was seen fleeing the area of a fatal shooting in Virginia was arrested after he crashed his vehicle during a pursuit. The incident happened Thursday night after police received a call about a shooting in Newport News, the city’s police department said...

President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump raises $247.8M in Sept., far behind Biden

Oct. 15, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans raised $247.8 million in September — better than the month before, but still lagging far behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who raised $383...

From left, Yumiko Murakami, head of OECD Tokyo, Gon Matsunaka, head of Pride House Tokyo Legacy, Kanae Doi, Japan director of Human Rights Watch, Yuri Igarashi, co-representative director of the Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, Yuichi Kamiya, secretary-general of the Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation,

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Oct. 15, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention. “In this country, equal...

Court declines Idaho bid to overturn transgender inmate case

Oct. 14, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the state of Idaho's bid to overturn a case involving a transgender inmate who sued state officials to obtain sex reassignment surgery. The Court had ruled 7-2 in May that it would not block a lower court's ruling requiring Idaho to pay for...

FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, joins with lawmakers and others calling for expanding the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people, in the Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for the initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law. If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Effort to bar LGBTQ discrimination moves ahead in Michigan

Oct. 14, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state's civil rights law. If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Day 2 of Barrett confirmation hearings wraps

Oct. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is finished after nearly 12 hours. GOP senators are moving at a breakneck pace to...

Aria DiMezzo, a Republican candidate for sheriff in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, poses at the Central Square gazebo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Keene, N.H.  Republicans in the New Hampshire county are wrestling with the fact that DiMezzo, who was nominated in last month's primary, is a transgender satanist whose campaign slogan disparages the police.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Anti-police 'satanist' runs for sheriff as Republican in NH

Oct. 10, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

With more than 4,200 votes, Republicans in one New Hampshire county nominated an unconventional candidate for sheriff: a self-described satanist whose campaign slogan disparages the police. Since then, Aria DiMezzo, a transgender woman in her early 30s, has become a minor celebrity — and the target of...