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Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary

May. 22, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot-button issue has shot to the...

Alabama House approves 'born alive' abortion bill

May. 22, 2019 2:40 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Doctors would face prison sentences if they fail to treat babies "born alive" after an attempted abortion, under a bill approved Tuesday night by the Alabama House of Representatives. The measure patterned after legislation in Texas was approved after more than an hour of...

Duterte's allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

May. 22, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. Elections...

Anita Hill, Bon Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala

May. 22, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it. Hundreds gathered Tuesday night at the American Museum of Natural History as the literary and human rights organization presented awards to Anita Hill and Bob...

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

May. 22, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion. Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in a...

Mississippi police officer charged in woman's killing

May. 21, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi police officer is charged with murder in the death of a woman that he was romantically involved with. Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne has been charged with murder by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, according to a court order signed Tuesday by Lafayette...

The Latest: Mississippi officer charged with murder

May. 21, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi police officer charged with killing a woman (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A court document shows a north Mississippi police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a woman he was romantically involved with. Lafayette Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth...

San Francisco police chief: Journalist 'crossed the line'

May. 21, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco police chief said Tuesday that he respects the news media, but a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by officers had "crossed the line" by joining a conspiracy to steal a confidential report. Chief William Scott addressed reporters hours after...

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week...

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...