Social issues

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag before marching in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. But activists say progress in equal rights has stalled since the constitution was adopted. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
September 18, 2019 - 2:57 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2010 file photo Ed Buck makes a campaign appearance for Meg Whitman, not shown, then a Republican candidate for governor of California, in Los Angeles. The prominent California Democratic donor, Buck, has been charged Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses. Prosecutors allege Buck provided the meth that killed two men who were found in his apartment in 2017 and this January. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A West Hollywood man who made prominent donations to the Democratic Party was charged Tuesday with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses. Edward Buck, who was arrested at his home Tuesday, should be held on $4 million bail because he is a "violent, dangerous sexual...
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FILE - This Sept. 8, 2018, file photo shows Afton Williamson attending the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews of "The Rookie" at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. The producer of ABC’s “The Rookie” says actress Williamson’s claims of on-set misconduct against her weren’t substantiated by an independent investigator. Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers Williamson accused. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:26 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Afton Williamson's claims of misconduct against her on the set of "The Rookie" weren't substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series' producer. Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday, Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights,...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supporters chant as the await results of the elections in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
September 17, 2019 - 10:31 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, initial exit polls showed, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political...
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President Donald Trump acknowledges awaiting supporters as he departs Air Force One after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 10:28 pm
PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California, but he showed Tuesday he's more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives onstage at the "Workers' Presidential Summit" at the Convention Center in Philadelphia Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO hosted the event. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 9:38 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...
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FILE - This Sept. 5, 2006 file photo shows journalist Sander Vanocur supporting Santa Barbara News-Press employees wishing to unionize during a news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. Vanocur, a network news reporter who for decades covered the biggest moments in politics, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 91. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday. Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He...
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Jeff Anderson, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse by clergy, is joined by abuse victim Joe Iacono as he speaks during a press conference in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. Anderson says the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million in settlements to clients represented by his law firm alone since 2000. Anderson told reporters in Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 it's the first time he's publicly revealed a total sum of payments to 160 survivors by nearly 50 abusers over 20 years. The Minnesota-based lawyer says the payments averaged $500,000 per victim, with some payouts running into the millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
September 17, 2019 - 7:06 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has...
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Pods are lined up and used as interview rooms at a new tent courtroom at the Migration Protection Protocols Immigration Hearing Facility, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
September 17, 2019 - 5:25 pm
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a...
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