Social issues

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 11:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The soonest Jeffrey Epstein will stand trial on sex trafficking charges is June 2020, though his defense lawyers are pushing for a later date. The 66-year-old financier was back in court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing on the charges, which accuse him of having sex with girls as...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 30, 2019 - 6:05 am
When Democrat Beto O'Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as...
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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 3:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors who found that Katy Perry and her team improperly copied her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" will now decide how much they owe a Christian rapper and his co-writers. The damages phase of the trial is scheduled to begin with opening statements in a Los Angeles federal court on...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2019 file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. The Justice Department says it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The announcement Thursday says five inmates will be executed starting in December. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
July 26, 2019 - 2:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday the federal government will resume executing death-row inmates for the first time since 2003, ending an informal moratorium even as the nation sees a broad shift away from capital punishment. Attorney General William Barr instructed the Bureau...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, first lady Cilia Flores stands behind her husband Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference, at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, placed sanctions on two businessman and three sons of Venezuela's first lady, for allegedly forming part of a network that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
July 25, 2019 - 1:31 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, accusing them of forming part of a sophisticated scheme that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked...
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Ben Terrall holds a protest sign that reads "Close The Camps" outside of the San Francisco Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif. A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
July 25, 2019 - 8:47 am
A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop denying asylum to anyone who transits through another country to reach the U.S. border, marking the latest legal defeat for a president waging an all-out battle to stem the flow of migrants entering from Mexico. The ruling by U.S...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 24, 2019 - 4:06 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden rarely lets a public event pass without reminding voters of his work alongside President Barack Obama. But the former vice president insisted on Wednesday that he's not overly relying on that relationship to fuel his 2020 White House bid. "It's not a crutch," Biden said...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. A bill that would prohibit declawing is scheduled for a public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday, July 22, 2019, before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. In May, New York become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed...
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This booking photo provided by Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office shows Travane Brandon Jackson. Police have charged Jackson with murder in the slayings of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her three young children, who were found dead at a Columbus, Ga., apartment complex Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said Jackson was Spellman’s boyfriend and they lived together. (Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 1:05 pm
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A man who had a history of domestic violence with his live-in girlfriend killed her and her three young children, including an infant, at a Georgia apartment complex where they lived, police said Thursday. Police found the bodies of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 18, 2019 - 8:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term. Every successful modern presidential campaign has been built on the notion of addition, winning over voters beyond core...
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