Social issues

FILE - In this June 14, 2019, file courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 that they made a mistake by allowing Tarrant to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin, File)
August 14, 2019 - 5:38 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 14, 2019 - 5:27 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that anti-immigrant sentiment in rural America declines when residents know and appreciate the role of those moving into their communities. It's the thinking behind a provision in a rural economic plan introduced...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Placido Domingo speaks at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the LA Opera said it will hire outside counsel to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by the opera legend. Domingo has denied the accusations, but noted: "Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
August 13, 2019 - 5:44 pm
The Latest on sexual harassment accusations against opera legend Placido Domingo (all times EDT): 5 p.m. The San Francisco Opera says it is canceling an October concert featuring Placido Domingo after the publication of an Associated Press story that quoted numerous women as saying they were...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in Monaca, Pa. The facility, which critics claim will become the largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania, is being built in an area hungry for investment. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 13, 2019 - 4:40 pm
Hillary Clinton took the stage in Reno, Nevada, with an urgent warning about the consequences of a Donald Trump administration: "He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2015 file photo San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, center, attends a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican. Liccardo, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, has proposed gun owners in the nation's 10th largest city to carry liability insurance to cover taxpayer costs associated with firearm violence. If approved, Liccardo's strict new measure would be the first of its kind in the nation to curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia,File)
August 13, 2019 - 1:42 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of San Jose has proposed requiring gun owners in the nation's 10th largest city to carry liability insurance to cover taxpayer costs associated with firearm violence. If approved, Mayor Sam Liccardo's strict new measure proposed Monday would be the first of its...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, Octavia Spencer arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala in October 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 13, 2019 - 10:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year. The group known as GLSEN announced Tuesday that the star of "Hidden Figures and "The Help" will receive the honor at the group's Respect Awards...
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An Albany County probation official on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, holds up a tablet used to conduct the e-Connect program, at the Albany County Probation Department office. The project screens young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental health services. (AP Photo/Ryan Terinelli)
August 12, 2019 - 5:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Probation departments across New York have started screening young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental health services. Ten counties in upstate New York are participating in the program developed by researchers at Columbia University. The project,...
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Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 12, 2019 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday it is moving forward with one of its most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration: Denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. Federal law already...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway listens to attendees during the Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor in next year's election. Galloway has updated her campaign committee paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to show that she is seeking the governor's office instead of auditor. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 12, 2019 - 1:09 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway launched her Democratic campaign for governor Monday by highlighting her efforts to uncover government waste and criticizing a new state law banning most abortions at the eighth week of pregnancy. Galloway formally jumped into the 2020...
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A woman places a ribbon on a flower arrangement, at the funeral of elementary school principal Elsa Mendoza, of one of the 22 people killed in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Mexican officials have said eight of the people killed in Saturday's attack were Mexican nationals. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
August 09, 2019 - 12:46 am
Some of the victims were old, some were young. They included teachers, immigrants, a retired iron worker, a business owner, and longtime spouses. Now, their relatives and friends are struggling to go on after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Some funerals already have been...
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