In Kashmir, brutality of videos deepen anger against India

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- One video showed a young Kashmiri man strapped to a patrolling Indian army jeep as a human shield against stone-throwing protesters. Others showed soldiers beating local men with sticks as other troops stood by with guns drawn. As Shabir Ahmed watched the crude clips, captured on cellphone cameras and uploaded to Facebook, he felt terrified.

Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

Who speaks for Islam and reform? Debate heats up in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) -- It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt's president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying "divorce" three times. The country's top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that right and nothing can change that.

APNewsBreak: Little change on race in Boston police stops

BOSTON (AP) -- The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in their tactics. At least 71 percent of all street level, police-civilian encounters from 2015 through early 2016 involved persons of color, while whites comprised about 22 percent, an Associated Press review of the most recently available data shows.

Sondheim an honoree, Trump a target at annual PEN gala

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Sondheim, whose fellow honorees at Tuesday night's gala for PEN America included an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker and the organizers of the women's marches in January, was in a humble mood. "I write songs for musicals, for god's sake. Musicals, the runt of the arts," Sondheim said as he accepted a Literary Service Award from the literary and human rights organization.

The Latest: San Diego school official sees Muslim bullying

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Latest on a campaign against Islamophobia in San Diego public schools (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A board member of San Diego public schools says bullying of Muslim students across the country is pervasive and underreported. Kevin Beiser says the San Diego Unified School District's effort to fight Islamophobia and promote understanding of Muslim culture is modeled on an earlier campaign he advanced to protect LGBT students.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs. The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

NBC reporter, Latina journalism pioneer Cecilia Alvear dies

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a decades-long career with NBC news, has died, her partner said Tuesday. Alvear, who also served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, died at her home in Santa Monica after suffering from breast cancer that recurred in 2012, her longtime partner George Lewis said. Alvear was 77.

The Latest: Spicer calls judge's decision 'egregious'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local): 9 p.m. The White House is blasting a federal judge's decision Tuesday blocking President Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. But they say they're confident they'll prevail in the Supreme Court.

GOP senator regrets saying guy in tutu 'kind of asks for it'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator from Wyoming said Tuesday he regrets his poor choice of words after telling students a man who wears a tutu to a bar and gets into fights "kind of asks for it." Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement that his comments at Greybull High School and Middle School last week were about respect, tolerance and the dangers of bullying.

Efforts discouraging 'sanctuary' policies OK'd by committees

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- House and Senate Republicans keep trying to discourage North Carolina's local governments and public university system from holding or carrying out "sanctuary" policies toward immigration. Legislative committees backed separate measures Tuesday related to cities, counties or University of North Carolina campuses that fail to comply with federal immigration law or prevent their police from collecting immigration status information about suspects and others.

AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week. Negotiations resumed Tuesday as the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers grapple over issues including compensation and health care.

Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

HOUSTON (AP) -- An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon. Phan Phan-Gillis has faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage, which carries a possible death sentence.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) -- An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber is taking to the skies with its next project -- "flying cars" -- even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It wants to test a network for such vehicles by 2020.

Georgia pastor gets 35 years in prison for child molestation

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia pastor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick. Media outlets report a judge sentenced 57-year-old Kenneth Adkins on Tuesday. A jury convicted him earlier this month on eight criminal counts, including aggravated child molestation.

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. The challenge was filed last year to the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman.