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.

Lawsuit claims ex-Fox News host was harassed online by Fox

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said in a lawsuit Monday she believes network operatives used bogus social media accounts to torture her after she complained about sexual harassment. She also said she believes someone hacked her computer and phone. Tantaros' attorney, Judd Burstein, filed the suit in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit doesn't offer hard evidence that Fox was behind harassing tweets.

Iowa administrator testifies fired coaches often gay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former University of Iowa athletic administrator said Wednesday that during her tenure she became concerned after noticing that female coaches who were fired were often gay and had become more open about their sexuality. Jane Meyer testified about Iowa coaches as her case continued in Des Moines, where jurors are considering her claim that she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with a Hawkeye coach.

Judge spares police in polygamous towns, orders monitoring

PHOENIX (AP) -- The federal government's bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge as too drastic and expensive. But the towns will still be under court supervision for the next decade as punishment in a religious discrimination case.

UN council accredits religious rights group stalled by panel

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- One of the U.N.'S main bodies voted Wednesday to grant accreditation to a British-based group that promotes religious freedom, overriding a U.N. committee that had deferred action on the matter for years. Britain had argued that the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, which decides what groups can participate in U.N. activities, is biased against human rights groups.

The Latest: Fox News addresses O'Reilly departure

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Fox News addressed the departure of Bill O'Reilly Wednesday night, as the show that used to bear his name debuted as simply "The Factor." Dana Perino, who has been filling in for O'Reilly since he announced an extended break earlier this month, announced that he was no longer with the network.

Bank of America settles racial discrimination case from 1993

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Bank of America settled a decades-old case that accused its predecessor company of systematically discriminating against black applicants for entry-level jobs in Charlotte, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday. The largest U.S. consumer bank settled the 1993 case against its Charlotte-based predecessor NationsBank by agreeing that 1,027 people who applied for clerical, teller and administrative positions a generation ago would share $1 million in back wages and interest, the department said.

Rooney Rule leaves a legacy and impact far beyond NFL

Of all the contributions Dan Rooney made to the NFL, the Rooney Rule was the most important and far reaching. The policy on minority hiring that carries his name has been adopted not only by other sports but by businesses and organizations nationwide. His death came days before baseball honors Jackie Robinson on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of the end to racial segregation in the game.

Ex-official's trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports. The trial in a lawsuit brought by Jane Meyer is expected to litigate whether Athletic Director Gary Barta's personnel decisions were necessary judgment calls or tainted by discrimination.

Uber's PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber's head of communications is leaving, the latest in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing company tries to dig out from a pile of troubles. In a memo to employees, CEO Travis Kalanick called Rachel Whetstone a "force of nature" who was "was way ahead of the game when it came to many of the changes we needed to make as a company.

Google refutes charges, says there is no gender pay gap

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly. The company said it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind and found "no gender pay gap" in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. Google added that analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender data.

Report: Ex-Yosemite chief belittled workers, mainly women

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The former superintendent of Yosemite National Park created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as "stupid," ''bozo" and "lazy," and showing gender bias against women, a new report says. Don Neubacher retired last fall after allegations that he created a toxic work environment were made public at a congressional hearing. Neubacher headed the California park for nearly seven years and spent 37 years with the National Park Service.

Unfettered online hate speech fuels Islamophobia in China

HEFEI, China (AP) -- The flood of angry anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media was the first sign of how fiercely the suburban middle-class homeowners in this central China city opposed a planned mosque in their neighborhood. It quickly escalated into something more sinister. Soon a pig's head was buried in the ground at the future Nangang mosque, the culmination of a rally in which dozens of residents hoisted banners and circled the planned building site.

Alarming rise in attacks on South Sudan civilians, UN says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Civilians and aid workers in South Sudan have seen an alarming rise in attacks and harassment in the past week, the United Nations said Saturday, as the East African country faces both civil war and famine. The top U.N. humanitarian official in South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, said in a statement that both government and opposition forces in Upper Nile region beat aid workers in separate incidents.

US regulators accuse Google of underpaying female workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. A U.S. Department of Labor official disclosed the agency's allegations during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco. "We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director, testified, according to a report published by The Guardian.

South Africans protest Zuma as country downgraded to junk

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully Friday in a national outpouring of anger at their scandal-tainted president, and a second agency lowered the country's credit rating to junk status a week after the firing of the respected finance minister.

LGBT worker ruling could boost push for Nebraska protections

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers who have sought for four years to ban discrimination against LGBT workers are emboldened by a new federal court decision linking such protections to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the sponsor said Thursday. While the statewide nondiscrimination measure still faces long odds in the conservative-dominated Legislature, the ruling Tuesday by the 7th Circuit in Chicago gave supporters some extra ammunition to make their case.

Harassment headlines spotlight change _ and the lack of it

The accusations -- of an Uber manager propositioning an engineer via instant message on her first day in his department, of the top-rated host at Fox News calling female co-workers to talk about sex -- are so lurid they sound like outliers. But years after companies and courts began insisting sexual harassment has no place on the job, it continues to fester -- particularly when employers tolerate it, experts say.