Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)
March 25, 2020 - 6:36 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Cindy Parlow Cone, then-vice-president of U.S. Soccer, attends a meeting of the organization's board of directors in Chicago. The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to say that settling a lawsuit filed by women's national team players is their priority. “A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to rebuild that trust and rebuild the relationship, and it's not going to happen overnight,” President Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
March 24, 2020 - 5:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to state that settling a lawsuit filed by women's national team players is a top priority. “A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2003, file photo, Will Wilson, then-marketing director for NFL Mexico, speaks at a press conference in Houston. Wilson, the head of the NFL division of the Wasserman Media Group and the uncle of former Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, was hired Monday, March 23, 2020, as chief executive officer of the troubled U.S. Soccer Federation. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
March 23, 2020 - 4:43 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Will Wilson, co-head of the NFL division of a sports representation agency and the uncle of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, was hired Monday as chief executive officer of the troubled U.S. Soccer Federation. He starts work March 30 and will fill a job that had been...
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United States players Tierna Davidson, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Abby Dahlkemper, and Kelley O'Hara stand with their jerseys turned inside out during the playing of the national anthem before a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Japan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
March 17, 2020 - 12:42 am
As a different set of lawyers took over for the U.S. Soccer Federation, new USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone disavowed papers submitted by the previous attorneys who argued women's national team players had lesser skills and responsibilities than their male counterparts. Parlow Cone took over as...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Cindy Parlow Cone, vice president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, attends a meeting of the organization's board of directors Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Chicago. Carlos Cordeiro resigned as the federation's president Thursday night, March 12, 2020, three days after the organization sparked a backlash when its legal papers in a gender discrimination lawsuit claimed the women's national team players had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts. His decision elevated former American midfielder Parlow Cone to become the first woman president in the history of the 107-year-old federation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
March 13, 2020 - 7:14 pm
New U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone's first challenge will be to confront the fallout over the federation's widely condemned legal stance in the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women's national team. The first woman president in the 107-year history of the governing body will...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro presides over a meeting of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors in Chicago. Cordeiro resigned Thursday night, March 12, 2020, three days after the organization filed legal papers in a gender discrimination claiming women players had less physical ability and responsibility than men. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
March 13, 2020 - 12:57 am
Carlos Cordeiro resigned as U.S. Soccer Federation president on Thursday night, three days after the organization sparked a backlash when its legal papers in a gender discrimination lawsuit claimed the women's national team players had less physical ability and responsibility than their male...
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March 12, 2020 - 9:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro quits in fallout of gender discrimination lawsuit by women's team players.
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United States players Tierna Davidson, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Abby Dahlkemper, and Kelley O'Hara stand with their jerseys turned inside out during the playing of the national anthem before a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Japan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
March 12, 2020 - 12:09 am
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The increasingly bitter dispute between American women's national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation spilled onto the field Wednesday night when players wore their warm-up jerseys inside out in a protest before their 3-1 victory over Japan. Players filed a gender...
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U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring against Canada during the second half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Carson, Calif. The U.S. won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
March 10, 2020 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation says facing hostile crowds in Mexico and Central America makes playing for the U.S. men's team a different job than competing for the American women and claims the men have more responsibility. Those statements prompted a spokeswoman for the women to say...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Former Los Angeles Sparks general manager Penny Toler is suing the WNBA team saying she was fired for raising complaints about inappropriate sexual relationships involving the team president and a managing partner, not for using a racial slur. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
March 10, 2020 - 4:39 pm
Former Los Angeles Sparks general manager Penny Toler is suing the WNBA team saying she was fired for raising complaints about inappropriate sexual relationships involving the team president and a managing partner, not for using a racial slur. The Sparks say Toler was fired on Oct. 4 following a...
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