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LGBT activists see hard work ahead despite Supreme Court win

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBT-rights activists are elated by a major Supreme Court victory on job discrimination, and hope the decision will spur action against other biases faced by their community despite Trump administration efforts to slow or reverse advances. In most states, it remains legal to ...

Businesses ask patrons to waive right to sue if they get ill

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopen across the U.S. after coronavirus shutdowns, many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won't sue if they catch COVID-19. Businesses fear they could be the target of litigation even if they adhere to safety precautions from the ...

GOP candidates balance pros, cons of running with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hitting the road again. And while a campaign event with a president who draws TV cameras and raucous crowds can be gold for down-ballot candidates, these days its value can be debatable. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, facing a competitive North ...

Grim blame game over virus deaths in besieged nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grim blame game with partisan overtones is breaking out over COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a tiny slice of the population that represents a shockingly high proportion of Americans who have perished in the pandemic. The Trump administration has been ...

As NYC awakens, navigating a strange new normal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City that was lingers everywhere in the New York City that is, like flashes of movement out of the corner of your eye. The subways run, but not all hours, and definitely not with anywhere near as many riders. Your favorite corner deli has your bagel and coffee ...

Seattle is a young city with a long history of protests

SEATTLE (AP) — Large protests in Seattle over police brutality and racial injustice have again caught the nation's eye, but big, unruly demonstrations have been part of the city since shortly after it was founded in 1851 by settlers in a log cabin on a lonely strip of land along the Puget ...

Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting homeowner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because he stenciled "Black Lives Matter" in chalk on his San Francisco property. The video, which ...

Perils of police at high speeds spur calls for more reform

CHICAGO (AP) — A tragic chain of events that led to the death of a retired elementary teacher in Chicago started when a police officer confronted a man in a West Side alley. After issuing a call for help, the officer could be heard over the police radio screaming, "Drop the gun!" Three ...

Bars reopening in New Orleans. Will tourists come?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bar owners in New Orleans prepared for a soft opening, and an uncertain one, as they prepared to let customers in Saturday for the first time in months. Capacity is limited to 25 percent, live music remains prohibited, and nobody knows how many tourists will show on Bourbon ...

Frontrunner in Senate primary faces attacks from both sides

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Ex-Marine pilot Amy McGrath, who seemed to be gliding toward a primary victory in Kentucky, has come under heavy fire from both directions in the closing days of the Democratic contest to determine who challenges Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the ...

Trump addresses West Point grads amid tension with military

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — His relationship with top military officials strained, President Donald Trump on Saturday will address the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy against a backdrop of urgent questions about the role of soldiers in a civil society. Trump's commencement speech ...

Poll: Americans maintain virus precautions as states reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say they are wearing masks. They are still by and large avoiding restaurants. And the vast majority are still staying at least six feet from others when out and about. Even as states and metropolitan areas throughout the country relax restrictions on social ...

Temperature spike: Earth ties record high heat May reading

Earth's temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

For immigrants, marching with Black Lives Matter has risks

PHOENIX (AP) — Among the thousands who march each day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are immigrants and their advocates. But protesting for them has an added risk: inadvertently winding up in immigration custody. All over the country, immigrants are expressing solidarity with ...

Judge tosses out Jussie Smollett’s double jeopardy claim

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Friday shot down actor Jussie Smollett's attempt have the criminal charges against him dropped, telling the actor that the new charges against him do not violate his right against double jeopardy. Smollett's attorneys made the double jeopardy argument ...

Airman may face death penalty in California cop killing

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The sheriff's deputy reached a house at the end of the narrow Northern California dirt road and decided getting help from more deputies would be a good idea. The terrain was steep, the redwood forest thick. The deputy turned the patrol car around and headed back ...

Police arrest 21 people for flouting Hawaii quarantine

HONOLULU (AP) — Twenty-one people who recently arrived in Hawaii, describing themselves as a family with a leader, were arrested and charged with violating the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine put in place in an attempt to protect the islands from the spread of the coronavirus, police ...

‘Soft opening’ for census door knocking to begin next month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Door knocking by census takers at the homes of people who haven't yet responded to the 2020 census is scheduled to start next month with a "soft launch," while a previously postponed count of the homeless will take place in September, U.S. Census Bureau officials said ...

White nationalist’s lawyer wants out of rally violence case

A leading white nationalist told a judge on Thursday that his notoriety has made it difficult for him to raise money for his defense against a "financially crippling" lawsuit that names him as an organizer of a rally in Virginia that erupted into violence in 2017. Richard Spencer's attorney ...

Judge: Reopen Puerto Rico school cafeterias or face arrest

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Thursday gave Puerto Rico's education secretary 24 hours to open all public school cafeterias in the U.S. territory or face arrest as impoverished students struggle to obtain free meals amid the pandemic. The ruling is the latest development in a ...