US says free expression, association on decline worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says basic freedoms of expression and free association are on the decline around the world, making it harder for opposition groups and human rights activists to organize.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

Attorneys general support transgender boy in US court case

Nineteen attorneys general have signed onto a brief to the Supreme Court in support of a transgender teenager who wants to use the boys' bathroom at his Virginia high school, New York's chief law enforcement officer said Friday.

  • Written by CAROLYN THOMPSON , Associated Press

Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state's largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings.

 

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY , Associated Press

Yellen signals the Fed will likely raise rates this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer