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APNewsBreak: NAACP names new leader for more active future
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation's oldest civil rights organization back to prominence….

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AG directive protects religious objectors to LGBT rights
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In an order that undercuts protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who say their religious freedoms are being violated….

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Arkansas judge barred from execution cases sues high court
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who was barred from considering any execution-related cases after blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration is suing the state's highest court, saying justices violated his constitutional rights….

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Supreme Court kicks off blockbuster term: Cases to watch
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A full-strength Supreme Court will take the bench Monday for what could be the most consequential term in decades, as the ideologically split justices consider cases as diverse as religious liberty, immigration, cell phone privacy, voting rights and possibly the legality of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

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Psychiatrist, gay rights trailblazer honored in Philadelphia
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A psychiatrist considered a trailblazer in the gay rights movement for appearing in a mask before his colleagues at a 1972 convention to announce his homosexuality is being honored in Philadelphia….

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Amid outcry over Confederate markers, new ones are going up
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ATLANTA (AP) — While Confederate statues and monuments around the nation get removed, defaced, covered up or toppled, some new memorials are being erected, by people who insist their only purpose is to honor Civil War soldiers who died for the South….

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Justice Dept. backs baker in fight over over LGBT rights and religious liberty
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The Trump administration is backing a Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple.

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Where are the monuments to Confederate Gen. James Longstreet?
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Steven Holmes writes that the relative lack of statues of Longstreet, who favored Reconstruction after the Civil War, shows that Confederate history is seen through a political lens

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Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84….

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