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Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said...

O'Rourke on historical racist attacks: US as divided as ever

Aug. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week visited sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that were targeted by violence, and made a point of linking the Tulsa race riots and a recent deadly mass shooting in his Texas hometown. The former congressman stopped Monday in Tulsa's...

Migrant children programs report drivers harassing buses

Aug. 20, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "Migrant...

City: Philadelphia police head quits over bias in department

Aug. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police commissioner of Philadelphia is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department, the mayor announced Tuesday. Commissioner Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city,...

Michigan civil rights director takes leave after comments

Aug. 20, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The embattled director of Michigan's civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting. The state Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday gave no reason for...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight

Aug. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use "she" and "her" to refer to the transgender woman. So does the appeals court ruling in favor of Stephens that held that workplace discrimination against transgender people is illegal under...

Trump insists US already has 'strong' gun background checks

Aug. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby. Speaking to...

Group seeks more details about raid on California reporter

Aug. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for more open and accountable government sued San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police on Tuesday after failing to get access to records about a controversial police raid on a freelance journalist. The First Amendment Coalition said in its lawsuit...

Women's national team lawsuit goes to trial May 5

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women's national team against U.S. Soccer. District Judge R. Gary Klausner assigned the date at a hearing Monday in Los Angeles, which came less than a week after mediation between the two sides broke...

City sues to remove Confederate monument, citing free speech

Aug. 20, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is claiming in a lawsuit that its free speech rights are being violated because a state law won't let it remove an 80-foot (24-meter) Confederate monument from its downtown. Norfolk's lawsuit employs a relatively novel and untested legal strategy in the...