WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.
The move makes the group one of the first to pull out of Arizona because of the proposed law. President Miguel Alexander Pozo says the group views the controversy as a civil rights issue. "Laws that return us to a darker time in the nation's...
Big screen. Big effects. Big budget. Big box office.
It's clear that Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk was going for something, well, big, with "Stalingrad," the first-ever Russian film in IMAX 3D.
And in a sense, that's perfectly apt, because it would be hard to overstate how large the Battle of Stalingrad looms in the Russian psyche. The crucial Soviet victory over the Nazis in the battle, which lasted six months and was one of the bloodiest in...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Henry Casso, a longtime civil rights leader in New Mexico who worked his way out of an orphanage to become a noted educational scholar and a founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, died Tuesday. He was 82.
Casso died at an Albuquerque hospital and had been suffering from a number of illnesses, according to Ralph Arellanes, the New Mexico state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens....
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit Wednesday against a large, for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.
ITT Educational Services Inc. projected a default rate of 64 percent on the loans it provided, some of which had interest rates as high as 16 percent, the bureau said. The Carmel, Ind.-based company has about 150 institutions in nearly 40...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York's attorney general says 18 Wall Street firms have agreed to stop cooperating with analyst surveys that investigators say favor certain elite clients.
The agreements follow the office's January pact with asset manager BlackRock to end systematic analyst surveys about companies they follow. The surveys were frequently timed before the official release of publicly available opinions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights.
Comparing a harsh Uganda law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s and black South Africans during apartheid, Kerry said he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at "how we deal with this human rights challenge on a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging "outside actors" to respect Ukraine's sovereignty, as neighboring Russia prepares for massive military exercises.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is aware of Russia's plans to launch the military maneuvers. While Russian officials said the exercises were unrelated to the tensions in Ukraine, these exercise will take place near the shared border between the countries.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge.
A federal information charges 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, on Dec. 6, 2013, at or near Chapmanville. An information typically signals the defendant is cooperating with the investigation.
"Today is a very difficult day for me and my family," the governor...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A self-described pimp was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in Nevada state prison in a rape and robbery case that served as a prelude to his death penalty trial later this year in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that left three people dead.
Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 27, stood with his shackled hands in orange mitts and declined to speak before his sentencing Wednesday in Clark County District Court.