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Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

May. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a fetal...

UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights

May. 19, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. Ministry officials said the security decree was "necessary and...

Swiss voters appear set to align with EU on tighter gun laws

May. 19, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss media were reporting that early exit polls Sunday show that voters approved a measure to strengthen Switzerland's gun laws, bringing the Alpine country in line with many of its European partners over the objections of many law-abiding gun aficionados. Switzerland's public broadcaster...

The Latest: Swiss voters appear set to back tighter gun laws

May. 19, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Switzerland's referendum on tightening Swiss gun laws (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Swiss media are reporting that early exit polls show voters have approved a measure to tighten Switzerland's gun laws, bringing the Alpine country in line with many of its European partners over...

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

May. 19, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a...

GOP's Weld says he's most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race

May. 18, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump's only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling "terrible," and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near. At a campaign...

The Latest: Pigot turns fastest lap in Indy qualifying

May. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 qualifying (all times local): 6:20 p.m. American Spencer Pigot earned the top seed in the Indianapolis 500 pole shootout after posting the top four-lap average in qualifying Saturday. He did it on the second attempt of the day then waited more than six...

Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban, waiting for Gucci

May. 18, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nordstrom has apologized to Sikhs for selling a turban they found offensive, but a representative with the U.S. community's top civil rights organization said Saturday they are still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it. "We feel that companies are commodifying and...

US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy

May. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U.S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of the government of President Daniel Ortega, his cousin said Saturday. Eddy Montes Praslin, 56, was shot dead Thursday at La Modelo prison outside...