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Georgia GOP governor candidate sued over voter registrations

Oct. 12, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, accusing his office of preventing minority voters from registering ahead of next month's closely watched race. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal...

The Latest: US Supreme Court rules in Tennessee execution

Oct. 11, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and lifted a stay of execution ordered by a lower court because of inadequate...

Texas police officer who aimed gun at children sued

Oct. 10, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Four parents have filed civil rights lawsuits against police in El Paso, Texas, after an officer was caught on video pointing a gun at a group of children . An attorney for the parents announced the filing of the two lawsuits Tuesday. Television station KVIA reports both suits accuse...

Students settle suit alleging excessive force at school

Oct. 9, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

A Pittsburgh-area school accused of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them reached a settlement Tuesday in a civil rights lawsuit. Attorneys for the five black former students and their parents, who filed the...

Judge: Police dog attack didn't violate woman's rights

Oct. 3, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A "horrendous" police dog attack that severely wounded a pregnant Indianapolis woman did not violate her constitutional rights because she wasn't the dog's intended target, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found last week that while Mara Mancini...

Correction: Abortion-Louisiana story

Oct. 1, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Sept. 26 about an appeals court ruling on a Louisiana abortion clinic regulation, The Associated Press misidentified the president who appointed Judge Edith Brown Clement to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Clement was appointed to the appellate court by President...

Official accused of mocking girl's sex assault put on leave

Sep. 28, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A principal in the nation's capital accused of mistreating a student's sexual assault claim has been placed on leave. The Washington Post reports Roosevelt High School Principal Aqueelha James was placed on paid leave Thursday. A civil rights lawsuit against James and the D.C. government...

Native American teens stopped on college tour urge changes

Sep. 21, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for two Native American brothers pulled from a Colorado State University tour earlier this year has demanded the school make policy changes, saying Thursday that campus officers violated the teens' constitutional rights by patting them down without any suspicion of a...

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

Sep. 19, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce. The government decision came after it failed to get approval from Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of...

Ex-police chief pleads guilty to ordering false arrests

Sep. 14, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former police chief of a small Florida community has pleaded guilty to ordering several officers to make false arrests. A U.S. attorney's office news release says Raimundo Atesiano pleaded guilty Friday in Miami federal court to conspiring with Biscayne Park police officers to violate...