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Pakistani activists take part in an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Pakistanis held rallies across the country. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, it is celebrated around the world on March 8. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

25 years after UN women's meeting, equality remains distant

Oct. 1, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth's population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn't happened yet. And it won't anytime soon. In today's more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Too late for Texas to use straight-ticket voting, court says

Sep. 30, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — November's elections are too close for Texas to make changes now and restore a straight-ticket voting option that was sought by Democrats, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Most states don't offer straight-ticket voting, which allows voters to more quickly cast a ballot by...

Judge's order leaves many visa lottery winners out of luck

Sep. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to save more than 9,000 U.S. slots for visa lottery winners affected by the government’s freeze on green cards earlier this year. But tens of thousands of other visa lottery winners will be out of luck. U.S. District...

Connecticut House votes to give more time to process ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday to give local election officials some extra time to begin processing the large numbers of absentee ballots that are expected to be filed for the Nov. 3 general election. The legislation, which cleared the House of Representatives on a 139-5 vote,...

Prosecutor: 2 officers brutally beat Black man in Alabama

Sep. 30, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor said two on-duty white Alabama officers brutally beat a Black man five months ago after the victim got into a road-rage incident with the wife of one of the officers. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson announced felony assault charges against former Selma police...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Black voters are among the least likely to vote by mail nationally, but there are early signs they are changing their behavior as the shadow of the coronavirus hangs over the presidential race. The evidence is clearest in North Carolina, the first state in the nation to send out mail ballots and where voting has been underway for almost three weeks. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Federal judge questions North Carolina absentee rule change

Sep. 30, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

A federal judge said Wednesday that a North Carolina elections board directive making it easier for voters to fix witness deficiencies in absentee ballots may violate a previous ruling he made and has ordered state lawyers to explain the changes to him. Federal Judge William Osteen, who presided over one of...

Judge: Suit over arrest of pipeline protesters can go on

Sep. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by three people who say they were illegally arrested as they protested construction of a major oil pipeline in south Louisiana. The suit was filed last year by protesters Cynthia Spoon, Sophia Cook-Phillips and Eric Moll, who say...

Judge grants extension in Wyoming sheriff appointment

Sep. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has granted a request to extend a deadline to replace a Wyoming sheriff. A deadline this Thursday to replace Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley was too soon after the county commission accepted O'Malley's resignation Sept. 15 to properly vet candidates to take his place...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. Democrats and Republicans are involved in hundreds of lawsuits across the country relating to the upcoming election. The lawsuits concern the core fundamentals of the American voting process, including how ballots are cast and counted.(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

Sep. 30, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over...