Admissions scandal unfolds amid cynicism about moral values

NEW YORK (AP) — In some ways, the college-admissions bribery scheme newly revealed by federal prosecutors seemed almost inevitable. Ethics experts say Americans these days are barraged with accounts o...

Foreign adoptions to US fall by 14 percent, continuing trend

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department figures...

Donors team up to expand #MeToo's impact in the workplace

NEW YORK (AP) — In an unusual team effort to broaden the #MeToo movement, a group of prominent U.S. foundations is launching a new fund aimed at combating sexual violence and harassment in the workpla...

Push for broader LGBT rights slowed by GOP's non-support

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress will soon consider a comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination bill, but it could well be doomed by lack of Republican support. The LGBT rights movement's top leg...

Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

NEW YORK (AP) — For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on college campuses, in state legislatures and in many other venues nationwide, th...

AMA, Planned Parenthood challenge Trump family-planning rule

The American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood filed a federal court lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new Trump administration rule for family-planning grants which had been sought by anti-abort...

3 big US churches in turmoil over sex abuse, LGBT policy

It has been a wrenching season for three of America's largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern...

Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare w...

Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment...

Anti-abortion bills: odds good in GOP states, not Congress

President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bil...

Hashtag stirs debate over role of Christian schools in US

NEW YORK (AP) — For their supporters, the thousands of Christian schools across America are literally a blessing — a place where children can learn in accordance with biblical teachings, untainted by ...

Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan ...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wi...

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

NEW YORK (AP) — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks in part to the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. ...

Florida school shooting voted top news story in AP survey

NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018,...