Murder case raises question: Do LGBT hate crime laws work?

Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings.

  • Written by By DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer

Legal loophole in DC creates bizarre pot bazaar

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank you and here's a gift for you to have as a souvenir."


  • Written by By ASHRAF KHALIL , Associated Press

'Devastating': Travel rules leave Iranian-Americans in limbo

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar has traveled overseas four times in the last year to visit his Iranian fiancee, most recently hoping to complete government paperwork that would allow her to come live with him in the United States.


  • Written by By AMY TAXIN , Associated Press

At least 15 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar die in boat sinking


COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 15 Rohingya Muslims, including 10 children, who were fleeing from recent violence in Myanmar died Thursday when their overcrowded boat capsized in rough weather near shore in the Bay of Bengal, a survivor and police said.



Serbia's media stage blackout over pressure on free press


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's embattled independent media staged a blackout Thursday to warn against what they say is Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic's muzzling of the press by intimidation, threats and financial pressure.


  • Written by By JOVANA GEC , Associated Press