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Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists' march

Dec. 6, 2019 3:09 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by train in Madrid, where a global U.N.-sponsored climate change conference is underway. The Swedish teen is scheduled to join thousands of other young people later on Friday in a march to demand negotiators and politicians take real action in...

Hong Kong police sound alarm over homemade explosives

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's much-maligned police force provided a rare behind-the-scenes look Friday at its bomb disposal squad to show the potentially deadly destructive force of homemade explosives seized during months of protests that have shaken the Chinese territory. In a demonstration for media...

Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 AM EST

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said. Both robbers were shot and killed, and the fourth victim was in a...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 2:51 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Indian police fatally shoot 4 suspects in gang-rape case

Dec. 6, 2019 1:57 AM EST

SHADNAGAR, India (AP) — Indian police on Friday fatally shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, leading some to celebrate their deaths as justice in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The men, who were in police custody and had not been...

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 1:56 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...

TB, armed guards, lack of food at UN migrant center in Libya

Dec. 6, 2019 1:40 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...

News outlet seeks dismissal of lieutenant governor's lawsuit

Dec. 6, 2019 1:13 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Friday over whether he should toss out a libel lawsuit filed by Virginia's lieutenant governor. Justin Fairfax sued CBS in federal court in Alexandria after it aired interviews with two women who have accused him of sexual assault....

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...