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3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

Jun. 21, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday. The new five-count indictment names Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 23....

Correction: Conversion Therapy Ban-California story

Jun. 15, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 12 about a bill to declare gay conversion therapy fraudulent, The Associated Press misspelled a speaker's last name. It is Jim Domen, not Doman. A corrected version of the story is below: Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud An effort to call...

Court upholds Phoenix law over same-sex wedding invitations

Jun. 7, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court on Thursday upheld a Phoenix anti-discrimination law that makes it illegal for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples because of religion. The ruling comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for...

The Latest: Phoenix mayor praises same sex bias ruling

Jun. 7, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a court ruling upholding Phoenix's anti-discrimination law in a lawsuit brought by a wedding invitation business (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The mayor of Phoenix is applauding a ruling by an Arizona court that upheld the city's anti-discrimination ordinance that includes the...

Ex-Colorado official: No bias in same-sex wedding cake case

Jun. 6, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado civil rights commissioner whose remarks on religion were the basis of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple insisted Wednesday she has no religious bias and wouldn't have said anything if she'd known how her remarks would...

The Latest: US: Myanmar continues Rohingya ethnic cleansing

May. 29, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the State Department's annual report on international religious freedom (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The Trump administration says ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community. In...

US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar

May. 29, 2018 10:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community, the Trump administration said Tuesday. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine state constituted...

Florida man charged with hate crimes in mosque bomb threat

May. 25, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with federal hate crimes after allegedly phoning bomb threats to a mosque. A grand jury indictment released Friday charges 26-year-old Dustin Allen Hughes with obstructing free exercise of religious beliefs and making threats by telephone. Hughes...

Doctor barred from seeing protester sues, citing religion

May. 17, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A constitutional rights organization is suing U.S. Forest Service officials on behalf of a doctor who says his religious freedoms were violated when he was prevented from examining a tree-sitting pipeline protester in Virginia. The Daily Progress reports the Rutherford Institute...

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

May. 16, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim celebrated a "new dawn" for Malaysia after he was given a royal pardon and freed from custody Wednesday, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance's stunning election victory. Anwar, 70, was convicted...