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21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

Dec. 11, 2017 3:47 PM EST

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh. They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread across...

The Latest: Republican Roy Moore casts himself as victim

Dec. 11, 2017 3:28 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama Senate race (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Republican Roy Moore is casting himself as a victim in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. In a call to a conservative talk radio show in Montgomery on Monday, Moore took aim at a political group called Highway 31, which...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Dec. 11, 2017 2:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand...

Man sets off pipe bomb strapped to his body in NYC subway

Dec. 11, 2017 3:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man inspired by the Islamic State group set off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his body Monday in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, injuring the man, slightly wounding three others and sending New York commuters fleeing in terror through the smoky passageway. Surveillance...

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Dec. 11, 2017 3:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants — a nod to Trump's...

Robocalls, bogus news as Alabama Senate race hits final day

Dec. 11, 2017 12:49 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign entered its last day Monday with the candidates making final appeals for votes and a war of robocalls between President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. There was a flurry of bogus news as well. Trump recorded a call touting Republican...

Firefighters protect coastal California towns as blaze rages

Dec. 11, 2017 11:28 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighborhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history. Tens of thousands remained under evacuation orders Monday as the fire churned...

Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

Dec. 11, 2017 2:50 PM EST

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in western Myanmar. Without warning, seven soldiers burst into the house and charged into their bedroom. The woman, a...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Dec. 11, 2017 3:50 PM EST

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching. One of...

3 Trump accusers speak out, call for congressional probe

Dec. 11, 2017 12:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks on Monday told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades. The White House called the claims false...

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Power still out for thousands after Deep South snow storm

Dec. 11, 2017 3:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands remain without electricity across the Deep South days after a winter snow storm snapped power lines across the region. At least 18,500 homes and businesses in Georgia were still in the dark Monday according to Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. Metro Atlanta...

Spurned medical marijuana applicant pushes new pot issue

Dec. 11, 2017 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A high-profile proponent of marijuana legalization who was spurned as an applicant for a medical marijuana grower's license announced plans on Monday for a 2018 Ohio ballot issue to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana. The proposal from Green Light Acquisitions would make...

Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 Spain H-bombs accident

Dec. 11, 2017 3:55 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yale Law School students in...

WVU shifts staffing following radio shutdown

Dec. 11, 2017 3:55 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it installed an interim general manager of the student-run U92 radio that was temporarily shut down from a job action by student workers on Thursday. School officials say while their investigation continues, assisted by an outside counsel, the current...

Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks

Dec. 11, 2017 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some stinging mistakes in stories involving President Donald Trump has given him fresh ammunition in his battle against the media while raising questions about whether news organizations need to peel back the curtain on how they operate. The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls...

Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana club

Dec. 11, 2017 3:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest city is reviewing the first application from a business seeking to be among the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, more than a year after voters approved a bring-your-own pot measure. Dan Rowland, a spokesman for the Denver department that regulates marijuana businesses,...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Dec. 11, 2017 3:50 PM EST

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching. One of...

21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

Dec. 11, 2017 3:47 PM EST

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh. They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread across...

Police: Careless smoking started fatal fire

Dec. 11, 2017 3:44 PM EST

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A state police fire marshal says careless smoking started a fire that killed a Pennsylvania man last week. Trooper Carl Richards said the blaze shortly before noon Friday started on the bed of 68-year-old Edward Yamnitsky of Richland Township. Richards said in a statement Monday that...

UN: Tensions over North Korea worsen rights violations

Dec. 11, 2017 3:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's leadership has cracked down further on human rights as tensions have escalated over its nuclear and missile tests, including beefing up restrictions on movements and making "horrific" prison conditions more severe, the U.N. rights chief said Monday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein...