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Number of 2020 bids by women buoys gender equality advocates

Jan. 19, 2019 2:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. For many activists, that means a Democratic field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Jan. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is still...

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for Life on the...

Black teen's family laments sentence given to white officer

Jan. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald getting gunned down as he walked away from police. The graphic images of McDonald crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him...

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of...

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

Jan. 18, 2019 8:49 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll storm" on a Montana woman. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah...

The Latest: McDonald relative calls sentence partial victory

Jan. 18, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Laquan McDonald's great-uncle says that although it's a partial victory that the former Chicago police officer who killed the black teen...

University of Oklahoma investigates blackface, slur in video

Jan. 18, 2019 7:27 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says it's investigating after a video began circulating on social media showing one of its students wearing black paint on her face and using a racial epithet. The video posted Friday to Twitter shows two women, one of whom is wearing black paint on her face...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jan. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on Friday to six years and nine months in prison in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, including after the 17-year-old was on the ground. A jury...

No rehearing for Louisiana abortion law

Jan. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision upholding Louisiana's law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite a dissenting judge's insistence that the decision is in "clear conflict" with a Supreme Court decision...