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Judge upholds delay of anti-segregation housing rule

Aug. 18, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a decision by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay an Obama-era anti-discrimination rule. Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by a group of civil rights...

Indiana man arrested in synagogue anti-Semitic vandalism

Aug. 16, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man faces a federal charge alleging he and a co-conspirator spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti and lit fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue, authorities announced Thursday. Nolan Brewer of Cloverdale, about 30 miles west of Indianapolis, is charged with...

The Latest: Indiana man, 20, arrested in synagogue vandalism

Aug. 16, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on arrests in the vandalism of a suburban Indianapolis synagogue (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. Prosecutors announced Thursday that Nolan...

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday....

ACLU: Federal agencies setting 'trap' to deport immigrants

Aug. 14, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration agencies have launched a coordinated campaign to arrest and deport immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. residents through marriage, according to documents released this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The documents, which...

Church abuse report, 2 years in works, may soon be released

Aug. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A damning report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days. The public disclosure of the findings, the result of an almost...

Speech group: @realDonaldTrump still blocking Twitter foes

Aug. 10, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A free speech group says President Donald Trump is still blocking dozens of people from his Twitter account despite a court's ruling that doing so violates the First Amendment. Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter Friday to the Justice Department listing 41...

2 women to appeal lawsuit over Houston rape kit backlog

Aug. 8, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two women will appeal a federal judge's recent dismissal of their class-action lawsuit against Houston and the city's officials over delays in testing rape kits. The pair are among about 6,000 women and several hundred minors represented in the 2017 lawsuit who said they were harmed when the...

Muslim group plans to sue US over terror watch list system

Aug. 7, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights organization said Tuesday it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government's terror watch list system, including a newly disclosed program in which air marshals have secretly monitored air passengers with no known terrorism...

Appeals court: No immunity for agent in cross-border killing

Aug. 7, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen on the other side of the border doesn't have immunity and can be sued by the boy's family for violating his civil rights. The ruling on Tuesday has wide implications and came almost two years after...