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Groups slam UN-Egypt conference; el-Sissi ratifies NGO bill

Aug. 22, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Several Egyptian rights groups urged a U.N. agency to rule out Egypt as the host of its conference on torture because of the country's dismal human rights record. The development came as Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ratified Wednesday a controversial bill regulating the work of...

Putin says opposition protesters must abide by law

Aug. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned opposition protesters that they must abide by the law or face the consequences. Speaking after Wednesday's talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said "it's important that both protesters and law enforcement agencies observe Russian...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 21, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Aug. 21, on Malheur County counsel calling for investigation into reporters' actions: Usually, when public officials don't want to answer a reporter's questions, they respond with "no comment." In Malheur County, however, they're trying...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Public weighs in on gun bills after Virginia mass shooting

Aug. 20, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Members of the public and special interest groups made their case Tuesday to a Virginia commission studying a broad range of gun safety proposals after a deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach earlier this year. The bipartisan Virginia State Crime Commission heard hours of testimony...

Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law

Aug. 20, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,...

Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

Aug. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent...

California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the fatal police shooting of a young unarmed black man that roiled California's capital city, state lawmakers approved changes to the nation's oldest law governing when officers can use deadly force and it was signed by the governor Monday, though even supporters aren't...

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

Backers of rural dental care find something to smile about

Aug. 18, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists. Dozens of countries, such as New...