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.

Lawsuit alleging NJ worker was fired for passing gas tossed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit that said one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers fired a worker for passing too much gas. Louann Clem said her husband struggled with extreme gas and uncomfortable diarrhea due to gastric bypass surgery. Her suit claimed Case Pork Roll President Thomas Dolan complained about the side effects and told her husband to work from home due to the smell.

The Latest: Government calls ruling flawed, vows court fight

The Latest on legal challenges to the Trump administration's revised travel ban (all times Pacific unless noted): 7:20 p.m. The Justice Department calls a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that halts President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "flawed in reasoning and in scope." The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the executive order falls within Trump's power to protect national security and that the department will keep defending it in court.

High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory

PARIS (AP) -- Private businesses in Europe can forbid Muslim women in their employ from wearing headscarves if the ban is part of a policy of neutrality within the company and not a sign of prejudice against a particular religion, the European Union Court of Justice said Tuesday. Such a ban doesn't constitute what the court calls "direct discrimination.

Flight attendants sue American Airlines over Facebook posts

Two flight attendants are suing American Airlines over harassing Facebook messages posted by male co-workers. The women say American failed to enforce its policy prohibiting employees from making insults or disparaging comments about co-workers on social media. They are claiming sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and are seeking unspecified damages. An American spokesman said Monday that the lawsuits have no merit. American is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

China attacks US racial tensions, police brutality in report

BEIJING (AP) -- China assailed what it called America's "terrible human rights problems," in its annual report on rights abuses in the United States, citing police brutality, high levels of incarceration, racial prejudice and money politics. The report issued Thursday by the Information Office of the State Council is a tit-for-tat response to the U.S.

House passes bill to restrict legal claims against companies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has approved a bill that would make it harder for individuals or groups to bring legal claims against companies in consumer disputes, employment discrimination cases and other areas. Lawmakers approved the Republican-sponsored measure, 220-201, Thursday night. The bill heads to the Senate, where its prospects are less clear. The legislation is the latest in a flurry of business-friendly moves by Congress and the Trump administration.

UC sexual misconduct files show faculty resigned, retired

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An associate UCLA professor who pursued a romantic relationship with a student until she was afraid to attend classes paid the university $7,500 in lieu of suspension. At UC Irvine, a dean accused of sexually harassing a co-worker agreed to take a demotion and stayed on as a teacher.

Georgia county agrees to restore black voters' rights

ATLANTA (AP) -- Election officials in Georgia's sparsely populated, overwhelmingly black Hancock County agreed Wednesday to restore voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters they disenfranchised ahead of a racially divided local election. About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls -- nearly all of them black -- still live in the voting district and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the settlement.

The Latest: Poland's women show the government red cards

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on International Women's Day events (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Thousands of women in Warsaw showed Poland's conservative government red cards and made noise with kitchenware to demand full birth control rights, respect and higher pay. The protest Wednesday was part of global Women's Day in demand of equal rights. Similar protests were held in some 80 cities and town in Poland.

UK lawmakers to companies: End sexist high-heel dress codes

LONDON (AP) -- In a debate that has gone from office corridors to Britain's Parliament, lawmakers put their foot down Monday and told employers to stop making women wear high heels as part of corporate dress codes. Members of Parliament debated a ban on mandatory workplace high heels, in response to a petition started by a receptionist who was sent home without pay for wearing flat shoes.

Officials: Man threatened Jewish centers to frame, harass ex

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis and appeared there in federal court Friday on a cyberstalking charge.

Man charged with threatening Jewish centers to frame his ex

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said Friday. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis and appeared there in federal court Friday on a cyberstalking charge.

APNewsBreak: School led locker room assault investigation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The investigation into the sexual assault of a disabled black football player by his white teammates at a small-town Idaho high school showed that crucial evidence was collected by school employees, not law enforcement officials, and that the culture that led to the attack stretched far beyond the locker room. John R.K.

Oscar winner Affleck speaks about sexual harassment claims

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an interview following his Oscar win on Sunday, Casey Affleck addressed earlier sexual harassment claims against him and said "everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and everywhere else." The "Manchester by the Sea" star had largely evaded questions about the two lawsuits brought against him while making the 2010 mockumentary "I'm Still Here," which he directed.

Update on the latest in business:

FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian markets mostly higher, watching Trump speech closely TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday as attention turned to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress for clues on what might be ahead for trade, regulations and taxes. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.3 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.4 percent. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.4 percent.

How would you change France? Voters in downbeat town respond

CREPY-EN-VALOIS, France (AP) -- A handwritten sign invited market-goers in Crepy-en-Valois, a down-and-out town north of Paris, to make their voices heard ahead of France's pivotal presidential election. "What should be changed in France in 2017?" it asked. One by one, voters submitted their answers on multicolored papers that were suspended with clothespins on a line strung around a mall in the center of town.

Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation

NEW YORK (AP) -- A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation. Singhal denied the allegation and said he left Google a year ago for his own reasons.

Gorsuch often sided with employers in workers' rights cases

The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won't extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for discrimination based on disability. Grace Hwang's lawsuit was one of many employee cases heard by federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.