Social affairs - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Social affairs Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said. Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-05-23T08:38:00Z High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state. The justices agreed Monday with a federal court that had struck down two congressional districts as i... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:35:00 GMT 2017-05-23T08:35:00Z A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities appealed for patience from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black Bowie State University student. Police and the FBI said they are investigating the killing of Richard Collins III as a p... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:16:00 GMT 2017-05-23T08:16:00Z 'Conspiracy bill' draws backlash in Japan over state powers TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lower house has approved a bill that allows authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes. It has been called the "conspiracy bill" by critics who worry the bill expanding state powers could be used to undermine basic civil liberties. The bill passed Tuesday still requires upper house approval.... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:38:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:38:00Z Human rights watchdog condemns Thailand hospital bomb BANGKOK (AP) — A human rights watchdog condemned the bombing of a Thai hospital that wounded more than 20 people on the third anniversary of a military coup, saying the blast was an inexcusable crime. Investigators found remnants of batteries and wires at the scene of Monday's blast on the ground floor of Phramongkutklao Hospital, police said. "The bombin... Tue, 23 May 2017 03:39:00 GMT 2017-05-23T03:39:00Z Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for calling for lynching JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states. "The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific," Republ... Tue, 23 May 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-05-23T03:14:00Z Education secretary pushes school choice, gives no specifics WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing "the most ambitious expansion" of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work. "We must offer the widest number of quality options to every family and every child," DeVos said in a speech in Indianapolis. "... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:53:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:53:00Z Police: Man slays neo-Nazi roommates over Islam disrespect A Florida man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies. Devon Arthurs, 18, told police he had until recently shared his roommates' neo-Nazi beliefs but that he converted to Islam, acc... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:10:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:10:00Z Prosecutor: Too early to call school stabbing a hate crime COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities appealed for patience Monday from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black Bowie State University student. Police and the FBI are investigating the killing of Richard Collins III as a poss... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:04:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:04:00Z Budget seeks end to subsidized student loans, forgiveness WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate subsidized student loans and end student debt forgiveness for those who enter public service, according to a budget document released late Monday. The proposals are likely to face criticism amid calls to make college more affordable and as millions are struggling to pay off student loans... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:41:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:41:00Z Horschel's wife opens up on battle with alcoholism IRVING, Texas (AP) — Billy Horschel's emotions from winning the AT&T Byron Nelson went far beyond ending more than two years without a victory. One day after Horschel was vague about issues off the course, his wife took to Twitter to reveal she is battling alcoholism. Brittany Horschel said last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of her sobriety. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:37:00Z Texas to Pass School Transgender Bathroom Law A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:20:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:20:00Z Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick for permission to fil... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:07:00Z Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:31:00Z Oklahoma school apologizes for Hitler yearbook quotation OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The principal of an Oklahoma high school apologized after its yearbook featured a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler. Students at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City discovered the quote when they got the books earlier this month. Graduating seniors chose quotes to pair with their portraits. A ... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:11:00Z Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed US visas last year SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 740,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Monday, detailing a crucial but often overlooked contributor to the number of people in the country illegally. President Donald Trump has proposed spending billions of dollars... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:24:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:24:00Z Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states. The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many A... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:30:00Z Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed. The justices ruled unanimously that patent owners must bring lawsuits only in states where the targeted company is incorporated. The issue is important ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:25:00Z Attorney: Too Soon to Call Stabbing a Hate Crime Officials are asking for patience in the investigation into a fatal stabbing on the campus of the University of Maryland, saying it's too early to label... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:17:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:17:00Z The Latest: 3 white men, 2 white woman seated for Cosby jury PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Three men and two women have been chosen to serve on the sequestered jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sex assault case. Two of the men say they or someone close to them has been a sexual assault victim, but b... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:08:00Z US to extend protections for Haitians 6 months WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely. Temporary Protected Status was given to Haitians living in the United States after a 2010 earthquake devastated parts of th... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:33:00Z Ohio city braces again for police shooting trial CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors, attorneys and people across the Cincinnati region have had six months to analyze and debate the hung jury result in the murder trial of a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man. They'll soon find out whether a second trial will get a new result. Prospective jurors will report Thursday for the retrial ... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:24:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:24:00Z Three lawsuits allege foot-dragging by Fox on harassment NEW YORK (AP) — Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive. Fox said Monday that the lawsuits ... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:10:00Z Lawyer fee ruling overturned in international custody case HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A court on Monday overturned an order for a Connecticut financier to pay nearly $90,000 in attorney fees racked up by a British television host during a long-running and bitter international child custody dispute. The Connecticut Appellate Court issued the decision in the custody case between Peter Rinfret and Melissa Porter. A lowe... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:46:00Z The Latest: DHS to extend protections for Haitians 6 months WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's decision to extend Temporary Protected Status of Haitian immigrants (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States. But it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:41:00Z Haley wants UN to shift aid focus to nations hosting Syrians AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador called Monday for the U.N. and aid agencies to shift focus in how they support Syrians in need by boosting support for roads, schools and hospitals in neighboring countries that have been overwhelmed by millions of refugees. Speaking in Jordan, host to some 660,000 Syrian refugees, Nikki Haley ... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:36:00Z Massachusetts school backs off ban of hair braid extensions MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts charter school that came under fire for what some students and parents considered a racist policy of banning hair braid extensions has suspended the rule. The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden backed off the provision in its hair/makeup rules after trustees met Sunday. The decision foll... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:32:00Z Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall JERUSALEM (AP) — As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem. Heading to Israel on the second stop in the president's nine-day tour of the M... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:39:00Z Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse CHICAGO (AP) — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another? Health Secretary Tom Price's recent comments — one replying to a reporter's question, the other in a newspaper op-ed — waver between two... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:38:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:38:00Z Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:22:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:22:00Z