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Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas: hunger,...

Trial begins in 2016 fatal Alabama police shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A majority-white jury was seated Monday to hear the murder trial of an Alabama police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man. News outlets report the panel of 14 jurors, including two alternates, is mostly white, but the exact breakdown is unclear. WSFA-TV reported that nine...

An Ivy League protest stirs emotions among military students

Nov. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Veterans Day protest in which a student dressed in black placed red-painted latex gloves around a display of small American flags at Yale University has stirred some controversy at the Ivy League school, which has been working to improve its image among military students. Senior...

Frat functions on hold as reports of racism shake Syracuse U

Nov. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EST

A student sit-in entered its sixth day Monday, fraternity events were suspended and as much as $50,000 in reward money was offered following reports of racist episodes at Syracuse University. Students in recent weeks have reported shouted slurs, vandalism and graffiti targeting Jews, Asians and black students....

Abortion opponents sue NY over anti-discrimination law

Nov. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A church and anti-abortion pregnancy centers want to strike down New York’s new law that prevents employers from discriminating against employees over their reproductive health decisions. The groups filed a lawsuit this month asking a federal court to declare the state law...

Pioneering Denver teacher who fought segregation dies at 106

Nov. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Marie Greenwood, a pioneering Denver teacher who devoted decades to fighting segregation in city institutions, has died. She was 106. Greenwood died on Friday at her Denver residence, said Elder Shane Stringfellow of Caldwell Kirk Mortuary. Greenwood was one of the first black teachers to be...

Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires...

Ex-police officer pleads guilty to civil rights violation

Nov. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former police officer in suburban Denver has pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the civil rights of a woman he sexually assaulted as he took her home from a hospital. The Colorado Sun reports that 42-year-old Curtis Arganbright, who worked for Westminster police, entered the plea...

Lincoln mayor signs order adding to discrimination rules

Nov. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mayor of Lincoln has signed an executive order that bans discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird signed the executive order Monday in a move that strengthens a city policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual...

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...