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Civil rights groups settle lawsuit over utilities access

Oct. 30, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights groups have reached a settlement with a Georgia city to end policies that they said illegally restricted access to utility services and disproportionately affected Black and Latino residents. The lawsuit filed in May 2017 against LaGrange says the city, which is the only...

Reporter tear gassed at protest settles with Eugene for $45K

Oct. 30, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene Weekly reporter who was hit with a tear gas canister while he filmed police breaking up a protest in late May has settled a lawsuit against the city of Eugene. Henry Houston said he and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which filed the lawsuit on his behalf in the U.S....

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Bullhead City, Ariz.  Three civil rights groups are filing a lawsuit challenging  Trump’s executive order that banned federal agencies, as well as contractors and grant recipients, from offering certain diversity training which the president has deemed “anti-American.”The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed the complaint Thursday, Oct. 29,  in federal court in Washington, D.C., along with the National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's diversity training order faces lawsuit

Oct. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

New York (AP) — Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Donald Trump's executive order that prohibits federal agencies, contractors and grant recipients from offering certain diversity training that the president deems “anti-American." The NAACP Legal Defense Fund...

A man prays in the street outside the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: Prosecutor: attacker not on intelligence radar

Oct. 29, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 10:25 p.m. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says the Nice attacker, who was born in 1999, was not on the radar of intelligence agencies as a potential threat. Jean-Francois Ricard detailed the gruesome scene inside the...

Court revives Kansas City man's lawsuit in wrongful arrest

Oct. 29, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Black man who was wrongly arrested when he was 15 and held for three weeks without charge will be allowed to sue the two Kansas City officers who detained him, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Wednesday that the...

Judge refuses to block 'No Boycott of Israel' measure

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn't reach a decision on whether the executive...

Bosnia's intelligence chief charged with abuse of office

Oct. 22, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian prosecutors have charged the country’s secret service chief with abuse of power for allegedly using agency resources to spy on a man who filed a criminal complaint against him. The prosecutors' office said in a statement Thursday that Intelligence...

Missouri Supreme Court upholds ballot notarization law

Oct. 19, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Missouri residents who want to vote remotely in November's elections will have to have their ballots notarized unless they meet specific criteria, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, who argued this week the state should make...

Judge rules against students seeking better civics education

Oct. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of Rhode Island school children demanding a better civics education in the nation's public schools, but in the same decision praised the students for bringing attention to the issue and lamented the delicate state of American democracy. The class-action...

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

Oct. 14, 2020 6:31 AM EDT

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities and hard-to-enumerate communities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally. The decision was not a total loss for plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging...