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Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

By MARK SHERMAN | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court.The justices will review an...

Germany admits there’s a far-right problem, but what to do?

By DAVID RISING | February 22, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — As Germany's president expressed his sympathy and shock during a candlelight vigil for nine people killed by an immigrant-hating gunman, a woman called out from the crowd, demanding action, not words.But the country's leaders are struggling...

Wisconsin prison warden who posted anti-Muslim memes fired

By SCOTT BAUER | February 21, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin deputy prison warden has been fired after posting Facebook memes comparing Muslim children to garbage and equating flying a gay pride rainbow flag with raising the Confederate flag.Richard “Sam” Schneiter, a 42-year...

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

By MARK SHERMAN | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald...

University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

By JEFF KAROUB, MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, and KATHLEEN FOODY | February 20, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Five former patients have alleged that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams, the university says, with one accuser saying Dr. Robert E. Anderson's actions over several decades made him a “sexual...

Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on ‘homosexual behavior’

By BRADY McCOMBS | February 19, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings," which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard...

U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

By LINDSEY TANNER | February 19, 2020

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising...

The Latest: Nevada’s lieutenant governor endorses Biden

February 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST):3:30 p.m.Joe Biden has picked up another endorsement from a top Nevada politician, with Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall announcing that she will back the former vice president’s...

All too aware of clergy abuse, seminarians keep the faith

By MATT SEDENSKY | February 16, 2020

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops...

Virginia a key state in Bloomberg’s Super Tuesday strategy

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | February 15, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia.By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse...

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

By ALAN FRAM | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates.Limbaugh's comments came eight...

Smollett case could complicate reelection of top prosecutor

By MICHAEL TARM | February 13, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star...

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