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2 Kansas state lawmakers who faced legal issues ousted

Aug. 03, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

Two Kansas lawmakers who faced legal issues during their time in the Legislature have been soundly defeated in their bids for reelection. Freshman Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Turner, lost a three-way race to Melissa Oropeza, of Kansas City, Kansas, in Tuesday's Democratic primary. And...

Amnesty: Taliban crackdown on rights is 'suffocating' women

Jul. 27, 2022 02:38 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lives of Afghan women and girls are being destroyed by a “suffocating” crackdown by the Taliban since they took power nearly a year ago, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. After they captured the capital, Kabul, in August 2021 and...

Indigenous women in Nevada see abortion issue as complicated

Jul. 23, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Barbara Hartzell, a Chemehuevi Paiute from the Chemehuevi Tribe of Lake Havasu in California and a member of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, chose to be a young mother about 20 years ago. “My decision to be a mother was dependent on my grandmother,” Hartzell said...

R. Kelly's manager convicted of gunfire threat at theater

Jul. 22, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly’s manager was convicted Friday of making a phone threat that gunfire was about to occur at a crowded Manhattan theater preparing to show a documentary about the singer’s sexual abuse of women and girls. The jury convicted Donnell Russell of threatening...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

R. Kelly's manager faces trial over theater-emptying threat

Jul. 20, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of R. Kelly’s manager opened Tuesday on charges that he forced the cancellation of a screening of a documentary about the singer's sexual abuse of women and girls by calling in a threat to the crowded Manhattan theater. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara...

Appeals court allows Georgia abortion law to take effect

Jul. 20, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling and allowed Georgia’s restrictive 2019 abortion law to take effect immediately Wednesday. The decision was expected after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that there is no constitutional right to an abortion. ...

Turkish court upholds exit from treaty protecting women

Jul. 19, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top administrative court in Turkey ruled Tuesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to pull the country out of a key European treaty protecting women from violence was lawful, rejecting petitions seeking its cancellation, the state-run news agency reported. ...

As Biden visits, a look at those targeted in Saudi Arabia

Jul. 15, 2022 02:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reputation as a brazen leader who has ruthlessly silenced critics and dissent will cast a shadow over his meeting on Friday with U.S. President Joe Biden. The royal has sidelined top princes who could...

Allyson Felix reflects on footprints she's leaving on track

Jul. 14, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Before crossing the finish line for the very last time in a career that made her America's most decorated sprinter, Allyson Felix was interested in something far more leisurely — a stroll down memory lane. She flashed back to the time when she was a shy...