Social issues

FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. President Donald Trump will Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
July 26, 2017 - 9:24 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work. The White House on...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. Most LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. With his move to ban transgender people from military service on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 26, 2017 - 8:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve. Another transgender service member said he will not be kicked out without a fight. Transgender veterans and active...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. Most LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. With his move to ban transgender people from military service on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 26, 2017 - 8:45 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve. Another transgender service member said he will not be kicked out without a fight. Transgender veterans and active...
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A bottle of water, flowers, candles, and stuffed animals help form a makeshift memorial in the parking lot of a Walmart store near the site where authorities Sunday discovered a tractor-trailer packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Monday, July 24, 2017. Several people died and others hospitalized after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer in the midsummer Texas heat, according to authorities in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
July 26, 2017 - 8:12 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Mexican government officials said Wednesday they were working to reunite families with some of the survivors of a failed human smuggling operation and had been assured by U.S. immigration officials that they would not question relatives about their legal status in the United...
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FILE - In this 2012 photo provided by a former member of the church, Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley, center left, holds a member's infant daughter, accompanied by her husband, Sam, right, and others during a ceremony in the church's compound in Spindale, N.C. In July 2017, Brazilian federal police told AP the justice department has asked for 2012 inquiry to be reopened into complaints that Word of Faith Fellowship’s two churches in the country were illegally sending minors to the United States. (AP Photo)
July 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Ten former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship church say they have been contacted by U.S. federal and state authorities investigating allegations of abuse, forced labor and visa fraud after a series of Associated Press stories about the North Carolina-based evangelical sect, which has branches...
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Denis O'Connor, left, who said he was raped by Paul Shanley in the 1960s, speaks Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at a news conference in Boston about Shanley's expected release from prison Friday. (AP Photo/Denise Lavoie)
July 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm
BOSTON (AP) — In the 1960s and '70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths. Decades later, he was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Shanley, now 86, is due to be released Friday, prompting a...
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A man reacts during an Italian Police blitz outside Milan’s main train station, Italy, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Authorities have detained several dozen people in response to an increasing public security issue as the city deals with a new wave of migrants. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
July 26, 2017 - 12:58 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian police detained several dozen people Wednesday outside Milan's main train station as the city deals with a new wave of migrants. Police said Wednesday they detained 36 people in a move aimed at combating increasing criminality around the heavily used station. The blitz comes a...
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July 26, 2017 - 9:55 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A two-day strike by Greek culture ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend, at the height of the tourist season. But the strike will not affect the Acropolis Museum outside the ancient...
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July 26, 2017 - 8:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Sweden made a joint protest to Turkey on Wednesday about the jailing of two human rights activists, demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of, the foreign ministry in Berlin said. Peter Steudtner of Germany and Ali Gharavi of Sweden were arrested July...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, author Toni Morrison receives her Medal of Freedom award during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, has assembled more than 1,500 hours of audio and visual material for a digital archive featuring Morrison and other leading writers and public thinkers of the past half-century. The literary and human rights organization told The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, that the archive has been in the works since 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 26, 2017 - 8:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Speeches by Toni Morrison, Joan Didion and Pablo Neruda are among the highlights of an online multimedia archive unveiled by PEN America. The literary and human rights organization told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the archive has been in the works since 2011. The project'...
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