Social issues

In this Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 photo, Rev. William Tourigny, 66, pastor of St. Rose de Lima Parish, in Chicopee, Mass., arranges vestments while preparing to offer Mass at the Catholic church. When Tourigny was ordained in 1980, the Springfield diocese had more than 300 priests serving 136 parishes. Since then, the ranks of priests have shrunk by more than half and nearly 60 of the parishes have closed. For Tourigny, it's meant many more funerals to handle, including dozens related to drug overdoses and heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 09, 2019 - 10:13 am
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 09, 2019 - 9:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on...
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December 09, 2019 - 9:25 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Deaths among journalists killed in the line of duty are lower this year, but a journalism advocacy group said Monday that one reason appears to be that media workers are refraining from going to the most dangerous areas. The International Federation of Journalists said that 49...
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December 09, 2019 - 5:56 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A United Nations expert on the freedom of expression said he has urged Ethiopian officials to stop shutting down the internet. David Kaye, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, told reporters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, people vote at a polling place in Las Vegas. Nevada, the third state to vote on the presidential primary next year, is supposed to offer Democrats something different. It's more diverse than largely white Iowa and New Hampshire. Its population is working class, urbanized and increasingly blue. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
December 09, 2019 - 5:04 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada won its coveted early date in the presidential primary because it was supposed to offer Democrats something different. It’s more racially diverse than the two states that weigh in earlier, Iowa and New Hampshire. Its population is young, working class, largely urban and...
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An empty platform is pictured during a railway strike at the Saint Germain au Mont d'Or train station, around Lyon, central France, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. French commuters inched to work Monday through exceptional traffic jams, as strikes to preserve retirement rights halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day. Citing safety risks, the SNCF national rail network issued warned travelers to stay home or use "alternate means of locomotion" to get to work Monday instead of thronging platforms in hopes of getting the few available trains. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
December 09, 2019 - 4:47 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters inched to work Monday through massive traffic jams as strikes against retirement plan changes halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day. French President Emmanuel Macron girded for one of the toughest weeks of his presidency as his government prepares to...
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A woman cries outside a mortuary as she waits to receive the body of a relative who died in Sunday's fire in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Authorities say an electrical short circuit appears to have caused a devastating fire that killed dozens of people in a crowded market area in central New Delhi. Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 yards away because it broke out in one of the area's many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
December 09, 2019 - 3:44 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Day laborers in one of New Delhi's most congested neighborhoods demonstrated against unsafe working conditions on Monday, a day after at least 43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there. Dozens of workers who were asleep when the fire broke out were...
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Shohrat Zakir, chairman of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region speaks during a press conference in Beijing Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 08, 2019 - 11:25 pm
BEIJING (AP) — People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all ”graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily...
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In this still frame image taken from video provided by the Texas Rangers and recorded on Sept. 8, 2016, armed law enforcement officers move through a hallway at Alpine High School in Alpine, Texas, while responding to a shooting at the school. A Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent was wounded during the response after a gun carried by U.S. Marshal Douglas Mullens, upper-right, accidentally discharged. (Courtesy of Texas Rangers via AP)
December 08, 2019 - 10:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — As the country looks for ways to deal with mass shootings at schools, some have responded by saying more people should carry guns, including teachers. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association...
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FILE - This July 16, 1981 file photo shows baseball union leader Marvin Miller speaking to reporters after rejecting a proposal to end a baseball strike, in New York. Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Howard, File)
December 08, 2019 - 6:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons...
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