Social issues

This Wednesday, April 19, 2017 photo shows Bishop Karen Oliveto in the sanctuary of a United Methodist Church near her office in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Tuesday, the highest court in the United Methodist Church considered whether to invalidate the election of the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, Oliveto, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 28, 2017 - 11:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that...
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Relatives of jailed opposition leaders hold posters asking for the liberation of their loved ones outside the Ramo Verde military prison in Los Teques, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 28, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a march to the prison where Venezuela's main opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is serving a nearly 14-year sentence for his role leading anti-government demonstrations in 2014. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 28, 2017 - 9:57 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan...
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This Wednesday, April 19, 2017 photo shows Bishop Karen Oliveto in the sanctuary of a United Methodist Church near her office in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Tuesday, the highest court in the United Methodist Church considered whether to invalidate the election of the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, Oliveto, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 28, 2017 - 9:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was executed with the use of the sedative midazolam on July 23, 2014. Wood gasped for air, snorted and his belly inflated and deflated during the nearly two hours it took for him to die when the state of Arizona executed him. Questions about whether midazolam can prevent prisoners from suffering while they die have persisted since several states in 2014 began using the drug as part of their lethal injection protocols. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 9:36 pm
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner...
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Relatives of jailed opposition leaders hold posters asking for the liberation of their loved ones outside the Ramo Verde military prison in Los Teques, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 28, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a march to the prison where Venezuela's main opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is serving a nearly 14-year sentence for his role leading anti-government demonstrations in 2014. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 28, 2017 - 9:01 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan...
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French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron signs autographs during a campaign visit to Sarcelles, north of Paris, Thursday, April 27, 2017. French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has visited a sport complex in a working-class immigrant suburb of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 28, 2017 - 9:00 pm
PARIS (AP) — The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France's presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six...
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Dennis McGuire, who was executed with the use of the sedative midazolam on Jan. 16, 2014. McGuire's execution lasted 26 minutes and remains the longest execution to date since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. Questions about whether midazolam can prevent prisoners from suffering while they die have persisted since several states in 2014 began using the drug as part of their lethal injection protocols. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 5:35 pm
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner...
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April 28, 2017 - 4:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration has told two California counties it has no plans right now to seek a court ruling immediately reinstating the president's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities. Court documents filed on...
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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as speaks at the National Rifle Association-ILA Leadership Forum, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Atlanta. The NRA is holding its 146th annual meetings and exhibits forum at the Georgia World Congress Center. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
April 28, 2017 - 4:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end...
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April 28, 2017 - 3:26 pm
DENVER (AP) — Denver is moving to reduce the sentences of most municipal offenses to less than a year in jail to help immigrants keep off the radar of immigration officials and avoid deportation. Under a proposal by Mayor Michael Hancock's administration, maximum sentences for offenses including...
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