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In reversal, Hallmark will reinstate same-sex marriage ads

Dec. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. The earlier decision by Crown Media, Hallmark's parent company, to pull...

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

Dec. 14, 2019 8:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the...

Sergeant told to tone down 'gayness' to lead diversity unit

Dec. 13, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A gay St. Louis County police sergeant who was awarded nearly $20 million in a discrimination lawsuit has been promoted to lieutenant and picked as the leader of a newly created diversity and inclusion unit. Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a news release Thursday night announcing the...

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Dec. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for...

Senate OKs appeals court judges over home-state opposition

Dec. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed two conservative, Justice Department lawyers to posts on a California-based appeals court that President Donald Trump has tagged as a liberal bastion. The two nominees won seats on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers a wide...

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...

Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment

Dec. 11, 2019 2:12 PM EST

The U.S. Coast Guard's leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a congressional investigation released Wednesday. The report, called “Righting the Ship,” also found Coast Guard leaders didn't hold officials...

YouTube cracks down on racist, sexist and similar insults

Dec. 11, 2019 9:21 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube is taking another step to curb hateful and violent speech on its site. The video streaming company said it will now take down videos that lob insults at people based on race, gender expression, sexual orientation or other “protected attributes.” The Google-owned...

The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019

Dec. 10, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The...

Man accused of ditching boy because he thought he was gay

Dec. 10, 2019 11:29 AM EST

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of child neglect after leaving a child alone at night outside a police station because he thought the boy might be gay, police said. Haines City police didn't say in an arrest report whether the boy was the son of Evenaud Julmeus, 30. The child's name, age...