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Ten Commandments won't go in some Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out

Jul. 19, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't take official steps to implement a law requiring the Ten Commandments be placed in all of the state's public school classrooms until at least November as a lawsuit makes its way through the courts, according to an agreement approved by a federal judge...

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Jul. 11, 2024 20:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Backers of a November abortion rights ballot initiative have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include proposed language for the voter pamphlet referring to a fetus as an "unborn human being.” Arizona for Abortion Access filed a lawsuit in Maricopa...

A defiant Biden borrows some tactics from his rival as he tries to put debate debacle behind him

Jul. 10, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s calling in to his favorite morning cable news show, bashing the “elites” of his party and dismissing unfavorable polls. He’s even talking up his crowd sizes. As an increasingly defiant President Joe Biden rejects calls to step aside after a disastrous...

The questions about Biden's age and fitness are reminiscent of another campaign: Reagan's in 1984

Jul. 04, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

The age question for presidential candidates is more than four decades old. President Ronald Reagan answered it with a pledge to resign if he became impaired, and later with a clever joke that reset his campaign from a stumbling debate performance to a 49-state landslide and a second term. ...

As political fervor for New Zealand's Māori resurgence wanes, a new Indigenous holiday comes of age

Jun. 28, 2024 05:50 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Ngarauru Mako told her family she was calling off Christmas festivities in favor of celebrating Matariki, the Māori new year holiday that's experiencing a renaissance in New Zealand, her children didn’t believe her. “We grew up with...

Oldest living National Spelling Bee champion reflects on his win 70 years later

May. 31, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — In medical school and throughout his career as a neonatologist, William Cashore often was asked to proofread others’ work. Little did they know he was a spelling champion, with a trophy at home to prove it. “They knew that I had a very good sense of...

FACT FOCUS: Trump distorts use of 'deadly force' language in FBI document for Mar-a-Lago search

May. 23, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump pointed to standard language in an unsealed FBI document to baselessly claim that the Biden administration wanted to kill him during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, nearly two years ago. “WOW! I just came out of the Biden...

China is accelerating the forced urbanization of rural Tibetans, rights group says

May. 21, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is accelerating the forced urbanization of Tibetan villagers and herders, Human Rights Watch said, in an extensive report that adds to state government and independent reports of efforts to assimilate rural Tibetans through control over their language and traditional...

Matt Gaetz evokes 'standing by' language adopted by Proud Boys as he attends court with Donald Trump

May. 16, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz evoked language adopted by the far-right Proud Boys extremist group as he appeared at court Thursday to support Donald Trump at his hush money trial, reflecting the undercurrent of activist elements present among the presumptive GOP nominee's supporters as he seeks a return to...

Music Review: SEVENTEEN's '17 Is Right Here' is a study of their impressive evolution

Apr. 29, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

K-pop boy band SEVENTEEN ventures into confident adulthood with their latest compilation album, “17 Is Right Here.” After a fantastic 2023, where they finished as one of the biggest selling artists of the year with their EP “FML,” the 13-members did not rest on their...