• Education secretary calls for repeal of 2 transgender laws

    BOSTON (AP) — Laws in North Carolina and Mississippi that restrict the rights of transgender Americans are hateful and should be repealed, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Monday.

  • Former Bismarck volleyball coach alleges gender bias

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A women’s volleyball coach who was fired from a private Catholic university in Bismarck after less than a year on the job says the school opted to get rid of her rather than investigate her complaints about gender bias.

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  • CORRECTS WINNING CATEGORY TO GROUP/DUO - Tyler Hubbard, left, and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line pose award for group/duo in the press room at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at the Forum on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

    Country stars plan to continue playing in North Carolina

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and other artists plan to skip North Carolina performances as part of a musicians’ boycott over a new law that limits protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but several stars at Sunday’s American Country Countdown Awards said they plan to stand by their fans.

  • Protestors march seeking repeal of a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples, transgender people and others. More than 300 people attended a March and rally Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo Jeff Amy)

    LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they’re not giving up their fight.

  • Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly, sued by ex-star, defends self

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bill Fennelly is defending himself and his coaching style, two weeks after the long-time Iowa State women’s basketball coach was sued by a former star player for race discrimination and retaliation.

  • Correction: LGBT Rights-Cancellations story

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story April 25 about Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato canceling their shows in North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law addressing LGBT rights, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mumford and Sons had also canceled their performance. The band performed in Charlotte and donated a portion of the proceeds from the show to a local LGBT organization.

  • In this 2012 photo provided by Jamie Gilpin, Gilpin, center, poses for a photo with his wife, Joy Cadelina Gilpin, right, and daughter, Celeste Gilpin, at Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, N.C. Small businesses in North Carolina are worried about fallout from the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Jamie Gilpin said that his bicycle tours business has seen a decline in inquiries since the law was passed. (Jim Gilpin/Courtesy of Jamie Gilpin via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Fallout from North Carolina LGBT law worries small business

    NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses in North Carolina are already losing valuable business because of the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

  • Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    North Carolina Dems pan ‘keep our state straight’ comment

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to “keep our state straight.”

  • In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Sweden's Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan appears before the media to confirm his resignation in Stockholm, Sweden. One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast. The behavior of some Muslim members of Sweden’s Green Party, which is part of a coalition government since 2014, has sparked concerns that the small environmentalist group may have been infiltrated by Islamists.  It also has triggered a wider discussion about whether Sweden has tried so hard to be inclusive and tolerant toward migrants that it's failed to stand up for its own feminist ideals.(Jessica Gow / TT via AP, File) SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish Greens jolted by claims of Islamist infiltration

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast.

  • Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    LGBT debate spurs arrests at North Carolina statehouse

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A day of protests and arrests around North Carolina’s statehouse marked what’s likely to be weeks of impassioned debate over a law limiting protections for LGBT people.