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China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government

Mar. 26, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials responsible for Tibet are praising development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule. Executive vice governor Norbu Dondrup on Wednesday reviewed gains in the economy, health care and education since 1959 and...

Commemoration of Brazil's military coup causes anger, unease

Mar. 26, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's call to commemorate the anniversary of Brazil's 1964 military coup is causing discomfort in Latin America's largest nation, with social groups organizing protests and the federal prosecutors' office saying the call "deserves social and political...

Democrats see opening in Trump's push to quash 'Obamacare'

Mar. 26, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they try to move past the Russia investigation and win the White House in 2020. Trump's administration is asking a...

FAA to revamp aircraft construction oversight, official says

Mar. 26, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to significantly revamp its oversight of airplane construction this summer after questions were raised about how it manages inspections done by the industry, according to testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. The testimony by Calvin Scovel...

Jury awards $9M to family of woman killed by police

Mar. 26, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury has awarded $9 million to the family of a woman fatally shot seven times by police in Long Beach in 2017 in what the family's attorneys say is the largest such award in city history. The federal jury reached the verdict in favor of 37-year-old Sinuon Pream's parents and...

Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

Mar. 26, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that reported...

Election observers call still-partial Thai vote count flawed

Mar. 26, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of international observers criticized vote counting in Thailand's first election since a 2014 military coup, saying Tuesday that the "tabulation and consolidation of ballots were deeply flawed" though it had no reason to believe the issues affected overall results. The Asian Network...

Retired union administrator to replace Assemblyman Sprinkle

Mar. 26, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County commissioners on Tuesday selected the widowed spouse of a former state lawmaker to replace a Nevada Democrat who resigned over sexual harassment allegations. The board picked Greg Smith, a retired union administrator, to take the spot left vacant by former Assemblyman...

The Latest: Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas militant targets

Mar. 26, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli aircraft are striking Hamas militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The late-night strikes on Tuesday follow a rocket launched from Gaza that set off air-raid sirens in...

House committee endorses heavily amended Medicaid bill

Mar. 26, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A House committee on Tuesday endorsed a heavily amended bill to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program with a work requirement. Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey said the amendments he proposed addressed many concerns expressed by those who testified against his bill during a daylong...