Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates, Waynesboro, drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins from Virginia to the Canadian border in 2009 so they could fly from Toronto to Nicaragua. He also helped with their living arrangements in the Central American nation, according to Assistant U.S.

German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany. The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men.

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ROMAN POLANSKI CASE LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge in Los Angeles says he will be issuing a ruling that might end the long-running sex abuse case of Roman Polanski. The Oscar winning director is an international fugitive from justice in the United States -- this after fleeing in 1989 before he was sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Federal surveys trim LGBT questions, alarming advocates

NEW YORK (AP) -- LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes.

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) -- In the waning days of President Barack Obama's administration, supporters of LGBT rights hailed the first federal hate crime conviction for the killing of a transgender woman in Mississippi. With President Donald Trump now in office, they worry about the future of such prosecutions. Trump's new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, opposed the 2009 hate crime law when he was a U.S.

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 ).

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.

Arkansas panel closer to public building 'bathroom bill'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas Senate committee moved closer Wednesday to approving a bill to require that people in public schools and government buildings use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their birth gender, despite fears that the move could lead to boycotts and a warning from the governor that the state doesn't need such a law. Republican Sen.

Democrats target several House Republicans on HB2 amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Efforts have failed to approve legislation doing away with North Carolina's "bathroom bill." So Democrats are now targeting Republican legislators who have spoken publicly about the need for repealing the law known as House Bill 2. The state Democratic Party announced Wednesday it's running for one week digital ads critical of five House GOP members. The ads urge each identified lawmaker be held "accountable.

Maneuver for HB2 repeal falls short in North Carolina House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The latest effort by Democrats at the North Carolina legislature to try to repeal the state's "bathroom bill" has fallen short. House Minority Leader Darren Jackson proposed an amendment Tuesday to a measure dealing with the state Banking Commission that would have repealed the law known as House Bill 2.

North Carolina ex-gov: LGBT law backlash hurting job search

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's former governor says he's had trouble finding a job, even part-time teaching positions, because of backlash from legislation he signed involving transgender rights. Pat McCrory said in a recent podcast with God's World Publications in Asheville that some potential employers are reluctant to hire him. The ex-governor told The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.

Some North Carolina lawmakers question NCAA, ACC tax status

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some North Carolina Republican lawmakers want to challenge the tax-exempt status of the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference because they removed or threaten to remove championships from the state over a law limiting LGBT rights. The House members filed a bill Monday directing Senate and House leaders to file IRS complaints against the sports organizations.

NC lawmakers want to challenge NCAA, ACC tax status

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some North Carolina Republican legislators want to challenge the tax-exempt status of the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference because they removed or threaten to remove championships from the state because of a law limiting LGBT rights. The House members filed a bill Monday directing Senate and House leaders to file IRS complaints against the sports organizations.

The Latest: GOP leader calls Cooper's vision a "mirage"

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's first State of the State address Monday night at the Legislative Building (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The Republican leader of the North Carolina Senate called Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vision for the state a "mirage" that would return the state to "our troubled past" of excessive government spending and high jobless rates. Senate leader Phil Berger has led the chamber since 2011.

Attorney General: Cooper passes on arguments in HB2 case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lawyers representing Gov. Roy Cooper won't be arguing before a federal appeals court panel this spring about constitutional questions surrounding North Carolina's "bathroom bill." Cooper opposed the law known as House Bill 2 since it passed last year. But he's now a defendant in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law because he succeeded Gov. Pat McCrory. Attorney General Josh Stein represents Cooper, and Stein's office told the 4th U.S.

AP PHOTOS: San Francisco's decades long history of protest

For generations, San Francisco has been the heart of the American protest movement. In the 1960s, it was demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Later came repeated pushes for gay rights and other liberal causes. More recently, activists have targeted gentrification fueled by tech workers who've been flooding into the picturesque neighborhoods, driving up rents and evictions and making it the priciest city in the country.