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Antisemitic celebrities stoke fears of normalizing hate

Dec. 03, 2022 10:54 AM EST

A surge of anti-Jewish vitriol, spread by a world-famous rapper, an NBA star and other prominent people, is stoking fears that public figures are normalizing hate and ramping up the risk of violence in a country already experiencing a sharp increase in antisemitism. Leaders of the...

Both sides see high stakes in gay rights Supreme Court case

Dec. 03, 2022 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is being warned about the potentially dire consequences of a case next week involving a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for same-sex couples. Rule for the designer and the justices will expose not only same-sex...

Non-religious voters wield clout, tilt heavily Democratic

Dec. 03, 2022 10:42 AM EST

When members of the small Pennsylvania chapter of Secular Democrats of America log on for their monthly meetings, they're not there for a virtual happy hour. “We don’t sit around at our meetings patting ourselves on the back for not believing in God together,” said David Brown,...

At Shanghai vigil, bold shout for change preceded crackdown

Dec. 03, 2022 05:06 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — The mourners in Shanghai lit candles and placed flowers. Someone scrawled “Urumqi, 11.24, Rest in Peace” in red on cardboard — referring to the deadly apartment fire in China’s western city of Urumqi that sparked anger over perceptions the country's strict COVID-19...

Fate of Confederate monuments still undecided

Dec. 03, 2022 03:13 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When a group supporting Confederate monuments flew a banner Sunday over TIAA Bank Field before the Jaguars game, it drove home that a year after City Council pledged to make a decision on the future of a Confederate monument in Springfield Park, none of the long-promised...

Seoul arrests ex-top security official over border killing

Dec. 03, 2022 00:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's former national security director was arrested Saturday over a suspected cover-up surrounding North Korea’s killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the rivals’ sea boundary in 2020. Suh Hoon’s arrest early Saturday came as...

UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

Dec. 02, 2022 22:53 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government has sentenced more critics to death, bringing the total to 139, and is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Friday. High Commissioner Volker Türk said at...

Boise leaders place police accountability director on leave

Dec. 02, 2022 22:37 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of Boise's police watchdog group had been placed on administrative leave, the city's mayor announced Friday. The decision to place Office of Police Accountability Director Jesus Jara on leave is in response to ongoing concerns with his professional...

If NFL had its way, Deshaun Watson's return would be on hold

Dec. 02, 2022 20:57 PM EST

If the NFL had its way, Deshaun Watson wouldn’t be playing this week or anytime this year. The league wanted to suspend Watson for at least one season over sexual misconduct allegations but settled for 11 games after an independent arbiter initially gave him a six-game ban. ...

Correction: Abortion-Wisconsin story

Dec. 02, 2022 19:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story published December 1, 2022, about prosecutors filing responses in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s abortion ban, The Associated Press erroneously reported that district attorneys Ismael Ozanne and John Chisholm filed motions to dismiss the case. Ozanne and...