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Louis Sheldon, anti-gay Christian group founder, dies at 85

May. 29, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, who founded the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobbying group that was largely known for opposing homosexuality and gay rights, died Friday. He was 85. Sheldon, a former Anaheim resident, died in Southern California of a longstanding condition, son-in-law...

Justice Department defends Alabama absentee ballot rule

May. 26, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s requirement to have witnesses sign an absentee ballot is not a violation of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice argued in a brief Monday. The Justice Department filed the statement of interest in a lawsuit that contends Alabama’s election...

Prosecutor: Grand jury to weigh charges in Georgia shooting

May. 5, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor said Tuesday that he wants a grand jury to decide if criminal charges are warranted in the death of a man shot after a pursuit by armed men who later told police they suspected him of being a burglar. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Feb. 23 in a neighborhood outside...