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Marine faces military hearing over firearms allegations

Aug. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine stationed in Hawaii faces a military hearing this week after officials say he tried to enter an Air Force base while off-duty and heavily armed in his home state of Nebraska. Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg, 22, is in custody in Hawaii on allegations that he tried to enter Offutt Air Force Base...

This SC pastor launches gun buyback amid mass shootings

Aug. 19, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As the country mourns those killed and injured in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — and as suicide rates climb — a South Carolina pastor is launching a gun buyback program. Rev. Hillary Taylor, a pastor a Bethany and Zoar United Methodist churches in...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Police: Men with guns in Missouri Walmart broke no laws

Aug. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men with handguns in their waistbands alarmed shoppers when they entered a Kansas City-area Walmart on Sunday, but police say they were just buying ammunition for target practice. Kansas City, Missouri, Police Sgt. Jake Becchina says the men were cooperative and were released...

Hawaii student suspensions at US average, not worst

Aug. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A report with erroneous data has been corrected to show student suspensions in Hawaii were not the nation's worst, officials said. The Hawaii Department of Education mistakenly combined suspension days for every offense, rather than by student, before the information was sent to the federal...

Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory at Portland

Aug. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering Saturday of...

Bloomington school to pay fine in discrimination settlement

Aug. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A settlement has been reached after the parents of a disabled girl filed a discrimination complaint against a Bloomington Montessori school with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Herald-Times reported Saturday that Beth Buggenhagen and Lawrence McAlpin have a daughter with...

The Latest: Hong Kong protesters disperse peacefully

Aug. 18, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Protesters gathered outside Hong Kong's government headquarters have peacefully dispersed after fellow demonstrators urged them to go home. Sunday's pro-democracy rally, attended by hundreds of thousands, concluded a rare...

Police keep low profile at huge, peaceful Hong Kong protest

Aug. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7 million...

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Aug. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this week over a...