• This image released by Disney shows Elizabeth Olsen, left, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in a scene from Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War." The film  is poised to become the highest grossing film of the year in a matter of days, and has already earned over $1 billion worldwide.  (Disney/Marvel via AP)

    GLAAD responds to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Captain America snags a kiss from Sharon Carter in the latest Marvel pic, “Captain America: Civil War,” but many fans are wishing it was from someone else — specifically, a man.

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  • Padres under fire for mishandling gay chorus’ anthem

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is criticizing the San Diego Padres for mishandling the group’s scheduled performance of the national anthem.

  • In this March 7, 2016 file photo, Joe Biden, the U.S. Vice President talks to the U.S. military personnel at an Air Base in United Arab Emirates. Biden is set to deliver the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016. The graduation ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Vice President Biden gives West Point commencement speech

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country’s armed forces.

  • In this May 4, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory make remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C. McCrory has taken a beating from critics over a law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, highlighting what they call the economic harm and reputation it’s causing North Carolina. McCrory is retrying to reshape the narrative heading into a tough re-election campaign by going after the federal government. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

    McCrory lawsuit against feds may help shift HB2 narrative

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After weeks of taking a beating from critics over North Carolina’s law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, Gov. Pat McCrory adopted a strategy long favored by Southern conservative governors: He went after the federal government.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, following a House Republican caucus meeting. From left re, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Ryan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.

  • Muslim nations block gay groups from UN Aids conference

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Major Western nations are protesting a move to block gay and transgender groups from attending a high-level United Nations conference on AIDS.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, following a House Republican caucus meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Religion news in brief

    Speaker defends nuns over birth control mandate