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Sean Penn Settles Defamation Suit Against Lee Daniels

NATIONAL | By Colleen Long | May 5
"Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels apologized to Sean Penn in a statement made public Wednesday as part of a confidential settlement in a defamation lawsuit over comments Daniels made comparing the actor to the show's star Terrence Howard.

Sex Abuse Victims, Lawmakers Push for Right to Sue Molesters

NATIONAL | By Michael Virtanen | May 5
New Yorkers who were molested as children joined lawmakers and advocates in a two-day rally for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees many more young victims.

North Carolina Leaders Denounce Federal Threat on LGBT Law

NATIONAL | By Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio | May 5
Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina's Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state's new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government.

Illinois Families Sue Over Transgender Access to Locker Room

FAMILY | By Michael Tarm | May 5
Dozens of families took legal action Wednesday in a bid to stop a suburban Chicago school district from allowing a transgender student to use a girls' locker room and restroom, arguing the policy trampled on the privacy rights of other students.

Sidelined: LGBT Laws, NCAA Policy Could Keep Teams at Home

SPORTS | By Joedy McCreary | May 5
Teams could pull out of scheduled NCAA events this spring because of new state laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee while the sport's governing body's demands for discrimination-free environments.

Alabama City's Leaders Vote to Recall Bathroom Ordinance

NATIONAL | By Phillip Lucas | May 5
Leaders of an east Alabama city Wednesday repealed an ordinance that would have imposed criminal penalties on people for using a restroom that doesn't match their gender at birth.

Coach: NC Travel Ban to Cost Minnesota Athletes Opportunity

SPORTS | May 5
Minnesota State-Mankato's baseball coach on Wednesday lamented the lost opportunity for his team if it were to qualify for the NCAA Division II championship and couldn't play because the tournament is in North Carolina.

US Government: North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

NATIONAL | May 4
The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws.

Boston Traffic Reporter Comes Out as a Woman

NATIONAL | By Mark Pratt | May 4
The familiar voice coming over the radios of tens of thousands of Boston area drivers on the way to work Wednesday was the same. But the name had changed.

Rolling Stones Ask Trump to Stop Playing Their Songs

POLITICS | May 4
The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

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