Sex in society

August 31, 2018 - 8:21 am
MADRID (AP) — A divisive debate over the legal status of prostitution has reignited in Spain after the country's staunchly feminist government was embarrassed to find out that it had approved the country's first sex workers' union. Women's rights groups and policymakers have long been divided over...
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August 30, 2018 - 12:52 pm
PARIS (AP) — A French judicial official says rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu are the subject of a preliminary investigation. The French film star denies the allegations. The official said a woman filed a complaint on Monday near the southern city of Aix-en-...
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Pope Francis leaves after his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Pope Francis lamented Wednesday how Irish church authorities failed to respond to the crimes of sexual abuse, speaking during his first public appearance at the Vatican after bombshell accusations that he himself covered up for an American cardinal's misdeeds. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
August 30, 2018 - 8:37 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's secretary of state says Pope Francis is "serene" despite the "bitterness and concern" in the Vatican over accusations that he covered up for an American ex-cardinal accused of sexual misconduct. Cardinal Pietro Parolin says accusations from Archbishop Carlo Maria...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state attorney general’s office to suspend its probe into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by movie producer Weinstein. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 29, 2018 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state attorney general's office to suspend its investigation into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Barbara Underwood confirmed Wednesday...
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FILE - This Monday, Aug. 31, 2017, file photo shows a Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in Pittsburgh. Demos Parneros, the former CEO of Barnes & Noble is suing the bookseller for breach of contract and defamation following his termination in July 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
August 28, 2018 - 8:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The former CEO of Barnes & Noble filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company, saying the bookseller breached his contract for denying him severance and defamed him by saying he engaged in misconduct, which he denies. Barnes & Noble said the lawsuit was an extortion attempt,...
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August 27, 2018 - 6:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's most famous legal pimp can re-open his brothel near Las Vegas after county officials ordered it closed, a judge ruled Monday. Dennis Hof, who starred in the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," and is a Republican candidate for a state legislative seat, sued officials in...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 file photo, a newly-transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in pots at a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Massachusetts. In a report released on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, researchers at UC San Diego detected marijuana's mind-altering ingredients in breast milk of nursing mothers, raising doctors' concerns amid evidence that increasing numbers of U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
August 27, 2018 - 12:04 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical properties that could allow it to disrupt...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks in support of a California bill aimed at protecting workers from forced arbitration and nondisclosure agreements during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The state Senate approved the bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown, Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Sophia Bollag, File)
August 26, 2018 - 10:43 pm
Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this year to restrict the use by private employers of...
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Pope Francis, flanked by Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke, listens to a journalist's question during a press conference aboard of the flight to Rome at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
August 26, 2018 - 10:27 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway...
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August 26, 2018 - 3:26 am
The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other...
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