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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Michele Watley, founder of Shirley's Kitchen Cabinet, testifies in favor of a bill before the Kansas Legislature to ban discrimination based on hairstyles in employment, housing and public accommodations during a committee hearing at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. A growing number of states, like New Mexico, are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools and in the workplace. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

States face pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice

Sep. 15, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A growing number of states are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools and the workplace. Advocates this week presented a draft proposal to New Mexico state lawmakers that would outlaw employers and schools from discriminating...

In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state's tourism industry. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Illinois university quarantines all student body

Sep. 8, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. — Bradley University in central Illinois is requiring its entire student body to quarantine for two weeks because of clusters of COVID-19 on campus and is reverting to remote learning, officials announced Tuesday. Officials of the private university said they have linked a spike of the...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk along a street in the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights

Sep. 2, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

BEIJING — Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began again receiving international flights from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden, must have...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride an escalator as they arrive at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday and health officials pleaded for people to follow guidelines or risk further restrictions or strains on hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea closes schools in greater capital area

Aug. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that at least 193 students and teachers were found...

A voter, left, provide a signature to receive a ballot at a makeshift polling station inside a parking garage in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The arrangements by Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar allow for greater social distancing and air circulation to guard against transmission of the coronavirus and avoids possible contamination of Santa Fe County government offices. Early in-person voting in New Mexico's June 2 primary began as election authorities encourage absentee balloting by mail. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico pushes forward with emergency voting reforms

Aug. 18, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election regulators say they'll move forward with an initiative that allows voters to trace mail-in ballots with the use of an individualized bar code in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. Officials with the New Mexico secretary of state's office briefed lawmakers...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. The six men, five Venezuelan-Americans, and one a permanent U.S. resident were lured to Caracas for a meeting in late 2017 at the offices of the Houston-based company's parent, state-run oil giant PDVSA when masked security agents entered a boardroom and hauled them away. (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

2 American oil execs jailed in Venezuela put on home arrest

Jul. 30, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two American oil executives jailed in Venezuela have been released and granted house arrest in the South American nation, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said late Thursday. The two are among six Citgo executives detained more than two years ago while on a business trip to...

Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

US attorney urges city to embrace surge in federal agents

Jul. 29, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson is defending a decision to deploy 35 more federal agents to Albuquerque to address violent crime, urging the city's Democratic mayor to embrace the effort. A letter to the mayor Tuesday reiterated that the new agents will conduct “classic crime...