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Biden criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill

Jul. 23, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden plans to propose a criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill that he helped write as a senator and that his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for the mass incarceration of racial minorities since then. Most...

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Global stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite heightened Middle East tensions. In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.6% to 7,556.70 and Frankfurt's DAX climbed 0.85% to 12,392.70. France's CAC-40 jumped 0.3% to 5584.15. On Wall Street, futures...

Boris Johnson tipped to win as UK Tories reveal new leader

Jul. 23, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party is set to reveal Tuesday the identity of the country's next prime minister, with Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job. Party officials will announce whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000...

Detroit federal Judge Avern Cohn turns 95 Tuesday

Jul. 23, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit is turning 95 years old. Avern Cohn, who has been a judge for 40 years, is celebrating Tuesday with a hot dog lunch in the jury room. His staff and admirers usually gather at Lafayette Coney Island for his birthday, but the crowd this time will be too large. Cohn...

W. Virginia senators take zip line ride at Scout Jamboree

Jul. 23, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators let their adventuresome sides take over at the World Scout Jamboree. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito took rides on adjoining zip lines Monday in southern West Virginia. About 45,000 Scouts and their leaders from around the...

Conservative group sues Ohio elections board over video ban

Jul. 23, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A conservative group known for its use of undercover sting videos has sued Ohio's election board, alleging it enforced an unconstitutional state law banning the use of such videos in campaigns. At issue are videos that the group, Project Veritas, says it made by secretly recording...

Indian opposition wants Modi to clarify Trump Kashmir claim

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian opposition leaders on Tuesday angrily demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify his position in Parliament about President Donald Trump mediating in India's long-running dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar read out a statement in the...

Hundreds of black deaths in Red Summer ignored century later

Jul. 23, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago....

NC special election candidate to offer ideas on health care

Jul. 23, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Democrat in a U.S. House special election is proposing ways he thinks the government could improve access and affordability in the country's health care system. Dan McCready is expected to argue Tuesday for keeping the Affordable Care Act in place to protect people...