US appeals court: Attack on gay man enough for asylum claim

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An asylum seeker from Ghana who said he was attacked by a mob led by his father because of his sexuality has shown a valid fear of persecution, a U.S. appeals case said in a case a...

School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state h...

Philadelphia schools, citing inequity, won't teach online

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District will not offer remote instruction during the coronavirus shutdown, the superintendent announced Wednesday, citing equity concerns in a city where m...

Monsignor in landmark church abuse case goes back on trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Roman Catholic priest-abuse scandal exploded in the U.S. in 2002, only one church official has ever gone to prison over it: Monsignor William Lynn, the...

Another Year of the Man: Voters mourn women's losses in 2020

At her home in suburban Detroit, Jill Warren spent Thursday morning glued to her phone, searching for news about the woman she fiercely believed should be the next president of the United States: Sen....

US supervised injection site put on hold amid opposition

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Plans to open what could be the nation's first medically supervised injection site in Philadelphia were put on hold Thursday night amid strenuous opposition from a federal prosecut...

Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg's name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the pr...

Key witness could be in doubt in landmark church retrial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging monsignor who was the first U.S. church official ever tried and sent to prison over his handling of priest-abuse complaints could soon be retried in the 2011 case with one...

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if...

Bill Cosby asks Pennsylvania high court to review conviction

Comedian Bill Cosby filed an appeal Thursday of a court decision last month that upheld his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home. The latest appeal — f...

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesman lashes out

Bill Cosby lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday, as an appeals court upheld the verdict in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. In its ruling, the S...

Ginsburg, in book, questions confidential #MeToo agreements

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new book on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explores her thoughts on the #MeToo movement and her hope that courts stop enforcing confidentiality clauses in sexual misco...

Congresswoman's exit prompts question of equity amid scandal

The resignation of a female Democratic congresswoman over a consensual, sexual relationship with a campaign aide has sparked questions about whether women are held to higher standards in public life. ...

US judge: Injection sites don’t violate federal drug laws

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that supervised injection sites designed to prevent overdoses would not violate federal drug laws, potentially giving advocates in Philadelphia and ...

Pennsylvania high court passes on death penalty review

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined a special petition to review the constitutionality of the death penalty but says it will still consider the fairness of individual cases...