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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...

Iran says 12 dead from new virus, rejects higher death toll

By AYA BATRAWY | February 24, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's government said Monday that 12 people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus...

Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse

By DAVID BILLER and MARCELO DE SOUSA | February 24, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Grande Rio Samba school rolled its Carnival float onto Rio de Janeiro's parade grounds, people aboard unfurled a massive fan-shaped banner reading “RESPECT MY AXÉ” to the roaring crowd.Axé is the vital cosmic force...

Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE | February 24, 2020

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India's welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show with his counterpart and a sunset tour of the famed...

Greek island protesters vow to stop new migrant camps

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Protest groups on three eastern Greek islands on Monday begun setting up blockades aimed at stopping the government from building new migrant detention centers. The groups on Lesbos, Chios, and Samos have received broad...

AP-NORC poll: Most Americans support Equal Rights Amendment

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK | February 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVonne Hirashima had two children by the time she was 20 and no time to get a college degree. Instead, the single parent doubled down at work and built a stable career in information technology, and now works for a government contractor.Still,...

Trump, first lady stroll the grounds of iconic Taj Mahal

February 24, 2020

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to India (all times local):6 p.m.President Donald Trump, who once owned the former Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, took in breathtaking views of the real Taj Mahal...

UN chief issues 7-point ‘call to action’ on human rights

February 24, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations issued a “call to action” on Monday to countries, businesses and all people to help renew and revive human rights across the globe, laying out a seven-point plan amid concerns about climate change, conflict...

The Latest: Bloomberg delays town hall to prepare for debate

February 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local):10:15 p.m.Mike Bloomberg’s campaign has delayed a scheduled CNN town hall so that he can spend more time preparing for Tuesday’s debate.Bloomberg was scheduled...

Nev. union support for Sanders shows limits of labor warning

By MICHELLE L. PRICE | February 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of Nevada’s most politically powerful labor group were warned by union leaders that Bernie Sanders’ plan would doom their prized health care, but they voted for him anyway.The casino workers of the Culinary Workers Union...

Cuomo: Jewish center evacuated; threats sent around country

February 23, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Albany Jewish Community Center was evacuated and searched Sunday morning after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.Cuomo went...

Carnival in Belgium again has Jewish stereotypes in parade

By RAF CASERT | February 23, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Aalst Carnival parade included stereotypical depictions of Jews for the second year in a row and the Belgian government said that the anti-Semitism in the three-day festival embarrassed the nation and endangers society.The Carnival...