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Canadian PM Trudeau raises gay rights with Senegal leader

By BABACAR DIONE | February 12, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised Senegal's criminalization of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation on Wednesday, but Senegal's leader told journalists afterward that “we're comfortable with our...

Suit: District wrong to punish students over racist posts

February 12, 2020

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Four students in a southeastern Michigan town sued their school district over discipline they received in the wake of racist social media posts directed at black students.The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday against Saline Area Schools,...

White supremacist propaganda spreading, anti-bias group says

By ELANA SCHOR | February 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda...

China’s Communist Party faces its biggest crisis since SARS

By JOE McDONALD | February 12, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party needs to make a politically fraught decision: Admit a viral outbreak isn’t under control and cancel this year’s highest-profile official event. Or bring 3,000 legislators to Beijing next month and risk...

CDC cites label error in mixup involving coronavirus patient


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A labeling error caused a woman infected with the novel coronavirus to be mistakenly released from a hospital but the oversight was noticed as she was returning to a San Diego military base where more than 200 evacuees from China are...

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago

By DON BABWIN and HERB McCANN | February 11, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself in downtown Chicago, renewing a divisive criminal case that drew worldwide attention...

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

February 11, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January 2019 that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story:Jan. 22, 2019— Smollett receives a racist...

States weigh fetal-remains bills amid abortion debate

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST | February 11, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law requiring abortion and medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains passed the state Senate Tuesday in Utah, one of several states considering similar measures that abortion-rights advocates say stigmatize the procedure.The...

Ex-state NAACP leader denies harassment allegations in suit

February 11, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina NAACP leader accused of sexually harassing an employee has issued a statement denying the allegations, saying a lawsuit brought by the woman is “"baseless."The Rev. Curtis Gatewood issued a statement Monday...

More than 2,400 fetuses found at Illinois home to be buried

By MICHAEL TARM | February 11, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — In what's sure to be a politically charged ceremony, more than 2,400 fetuses found last year at the suburban Chicago home of one of the Midwest's most prolific abortion doctors will be buried Wednesday in Indiana, a state with some of...

Official: Sudan to hand over al-Bashir for genocide trial

By SAMY MAGDY | February 11, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional authorities have agreed to hand over ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face trial on charges of war crimes and genocide, a top Sudanese official said Tuesday, in a deal with rebels...

Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact

By JIM GOMEZ | February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty...