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Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback

Jul. 20, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — As her campaign bus trundled along Interstate 80 toward the Michigan-Ohio border, Kirsten Gillibrand was offering wedding planning advice to one of her presidential campaign staffers who recently got engaged. The New York senator recommended a Christmas wedding, preferably on a...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

Man convicted for killing woman in front of her children

Jul. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández,...

Trial begins for man charged with stabbing woman 11 times

Jul. 15, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man who fatally stabbed his wife in front of their daughter in 1979 committed a similar atrocity nearly four decades later when, at age 76, he stabbed a woman 11 times in front of her twins outside a laundromat in Lewiston, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. Jurors on Monday watched a...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Cuban singer becomes pioneer of #MeToo movement on island

Jul. 15, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dianelys Alfonso has a bold presence — brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair — and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton. Now she's also the center of a new phenomenon in Cuba...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...

Spike in femicides raises alert in Bolivia

Jul. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Grief-struck family members followed Mery Vila's coffin outside the "Stairway to Heaven" funeral home in the Bolivian capital and angrily shouted: "Justice!" over and over again. Her mother, Luisa Ticona, said Vila's partner killed the 26-year-old woman by striking her several times...