Bill would bar discrimination toward climate change doubters

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list. Rep. Larry Lockman has introduced a bill that would limit the attorney general's ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change.

Opera tells story of Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson

An opera about Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson, whose power hitting rivaled Babe Ruth's, will have its world premiere in Pittsburgh in April. "The Summer King," presented by Pittsburgh Opera , premieres April 29. Gibson's story also figured in "Fences," the movie starring Denzel Washington that was originally a play by Pittsburgh native August Wilson. Baseball and opera "don't usually inhabit the same universe," said Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera's general director.

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SC couple gets $1.3M verdict in racial profiling lawsuit

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A black couple who says they were arrested because they accused a white state trooper of racial profiling has received a $1.3 million verdict from a Charleston jury. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2mxFXZ3) the jury awarded the money to Catherine and Jean Newkirk, who were pulled over in 2012 in Florence County by then-Trooper James Enzor.

Myanmar hard-line Buddhists protest citizenship for Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) -- Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in a Myanmar state wracked by religious violence protested Sunday against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community. Rakhine state's dominant Arakan National Party led the protest in Sittwe, the state capital, where many Rohingya lived before an outbreak of inter-communal violence in 2012 forced them to flee their homes.

The Latest: Seattle judge puts off ruling on travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Latest on lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's revised travel ban (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A federal judge in Seattle says he won't rule on a request from Washington state to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban because two other judges have already halted it. Judge James Robart said Friday the state could ask him to reconsider should circumstances change.

UN agency head resigns, stands by Israel 'apartheid' report

BEIRUT (AP) -- The head of a United Nations agency that promotes development in Arab countries resigned Friday after refusing to withdraw a controversial report concluding that Israel has established an "apartheid regime" that discriminates against Palestinians. The report titled "Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid," which was published earlier this week by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, drew swift criticism from U.N.

Nebraska to drop lawsuit over transgender bathroom policy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska has asked to drop a 10-state lawsuit it led challenging the Obama administration's guidance on locker room and bathroom use by transgender students after the Trump administration ended the protection. The Nebraska attorney general's office filed the request Thursday. Chief Deputy Attorney General David Bydalek said the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education withdrew the guidance last month, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2nzyEBL ).

Trump's Muslim rhetoric key issue in travel ban rulings

SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal law gives the president broad authority over immigration. Jimmy Carter used it to deny some Iranians entry to the U.S. during the hostage crisis, Ronald Reagan to bar Cubans who didn't already have relatives here and President Barack Obama to keep out North Korean officials.

Google hopes to improve search quality with 'offensive' flag

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive. With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called "upsetting-offensive." So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.

The Latest: Judge doesn't extend order on new travel ban

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- The Latest on federal court challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that his order blocking President Donald Trump's original travel ban does not apply to the revised executive order.

Trump's planned reduction in refugees may hit Myanmar worst

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tin, her husband and five children have cleared years of refugee hurdles to come to the U.S.: blood tests, interviews, DNA and fingerprints, background checks. She has her one must-bring possession within reach, a well-worn Bible, and keeps their phone charged for the U.S. Embassy to call. But the odds of that happening dropped precipitously.

IOC board member apologizes for linking Russian ban to Nazis

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- IOC board member Gian Franco Kasper apologized Thursday for comparing a ban on Russia from the 2018 Olympics to persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. "It was an inappropriate and insensitive comment," Kasper, the long-time International Ski Federation president, said in a statement. The 73-year-old Swiss official had been speaking on the sidelines of an IOC board meeting in 2018 host city Pyeongchang.

Travel ban rulings highlight trouble posed by Trump record

SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal law gives the president broad authority over immigration. Jimmy Carter used it to deny some Iranians entry to the U.S. during the hostage crisis, Ronald Reagan to bar Cubans who didn't already have relatives here and President Obama to keep out North Korean officials.

Jussie Smollett of 'Empire' gets political in new video

NEW YORK (AP) -- While TV star Jussie Smollett was in the recording studio working on his own music apart from "Empire," set for release later this year, he couldn't help but write a song about what's going in the world, from injustice to President Donald Trump. That's when he penned "F.U.W.," short for "(expletive) up world," around President's Day and immediately directed a music video to bring his words to life.

Myanmar refugees may be hurt most by Trump resettlement cuts

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tin, her husband and five children have cleared years of refugee hurdles to come to the U.S.: blood tests, interviews, DNA and fingerprints, background checks. She has her one must-bring possession within reach, a well-worn Bible, and keeps their phone charged for the U.S. Embassy to call. But the odds of that happening dropped precipitously.

Trump's planned reduction in refugees may hit Myanmar worst

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tin, her husband and five children have cleared years of refugee hurdles to come to the U.S.: blood tests, interviews, DNA and fingerprints, background checks. She has her one must-bring possession within reach, a well-worn Bible, and keeps their phone charged for the U.S. Embassy to call. But the odds of that happening dropped precipitously.