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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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Descendants of Civil War icons want Confederate statues to come down
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The great-great grandchildren of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson have a message for those who adamantly want to preserve the Confederate leaders’ monuments: Let it go.

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The Confederate memorials to be removed after Charlottesville
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More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the Confederacy is memorialized with statues, monuments and historical markers across the United States.

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Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit….

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