Social Issues

Gun rights advocates gather outside the Texas Capitol where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 23, 2019 - 3:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby is swiftly pushing back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...
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August 23, 2019 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is making changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts and giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings. The interim rule announced Friday by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration judges...
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Former Wisconsin Badger football player Quintez Cephus, second from right, arrives at a press conference to reiterate his request for reinstatement to the university in Madison, Wis. Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The former wide receiver was acquitted earlier this month of sexual assault charges stemming from a campus incident in his apartment. He was expelled from the university in March after the university's own internal investigation. A group of current team members were on hand to show support for Cephus at the event. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 2:31 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his acquittal by a jury at trial. Cephus was suspended from the team in August 2018 after prosecutors...
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FILE - In June 21, 2017, file photo, detainees walk past a mural in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
August 23, 2019 - 11:51 am
SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center...
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Comedian Samantha Kureya lays in her hospital bed in Harare, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Kureya was abducted from her home, stripped naked and tortured by masked men with assault rifles, for performing skits perceived as being anti-government, the latest in a string of alleged abductions of government critics. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 23, 2019 - 10:04 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics, the latest being a popular comedian dragged from her home by armed and masked men. Barely two years after euphoric scenes engulfed Zimbabwe following the...
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Demonstrators link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are linking hands across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, inspired by a historic protest 30 years ago in the Baltic states when nearly 2 million people formed a human chain to protest Soviet control. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 23, 2019 - 8:50 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement lined city streets and part of the city's harbor front Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago. Some linked hands while others switched on their smartphone lights and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores watches during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. First-time head coach Flores faces a tricky task: While he tries to establish a winning culture, the season will be mostly about losing and how the Dolphins position themselves for next year’s draft, when they’ll likely take a quarterback in the opening round for only the second time since Dan Marino in 1983. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)
August 23, 2019 - 8:17 am
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he supports the NFL player protest movement and receiver Kenny Stills' involvement, but wants him to play better. "Everything these guys protest, I've lived it, I've experienced it," said an impassioned Flores, who is the son of...
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First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal is photographed in her classroom Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Across the country, teachers and school districts alike are grappling with the latest political and economic realities of educator pay. Madrigal jumped to the nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and buy a new car. "I have a college degree. I felt I could make a difference in people's lives as a teacher but to pay my bills ... I had to do people's laundry," said Madrigal, who now works for the Salt Lake City School District. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 23, 2019 - 12:10 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal jumped to a nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and buy a new car. "I have a college degree. I felt I could make a difference in people's lives as a teacher...
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August 22, 2019 - 8:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A national Hispanic journalism association is returning sponsorship money to Fox News after complaining about incendiary comments from the network's commentators. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is returning nearly $17,000 to Fox News, which was scheduled to...
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President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA basketball player and coach Bob Cousy, of the Boston Celtics, during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 22, 2019 - 8:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented 91-year-old basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, praising the Boston Celtics star as "one of the all-time greats in the history of sports." Cousy played for the Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six...
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