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Christian leaders urge Israeli PM to nix church lands bill

Oct. 19, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders in Jerusalem are urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop a bill that the churches say would allow the state to appropriate land sold to buyers. Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church leaders wrote a letter to Netanyahu on Friday saying the vote...

AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Oct. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley...

Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state's electorate

Oct. 19, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nicole Talbot isn't quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn't shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. It makes...

Pilot gives $1m to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Campaign finance reports show Pilot Corporation made the Aug. 28 donation to the Senate Leadership...

Former general says UK-US military cooperation under threat

Oct. 19, 2018 5:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Friday that the United States' military cooperation with the U.K. could be threatened by the growing use of human rights laws to target British soldiers. Writing in the Times of London, retired Gen. David Petraeus says the...

Guatemala lawmakers lower penalty for illicit campaign money

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that dramatically reduces prison sentences for electoral financing crimes, acting as President Jimmy Morales is under suspicion of receiving illicit campaign funds. The measure sailed through on a 93-18 vote on a day when many...

Lawmakers leave town, clergy child sex abuse bill undone

Oct. 18, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The collapse of legislation left uncertainty Thursday whether Pennsylvania lawmakers will ever approve recommendations in a landmark grand jury report that contained hundreds of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests in Roman Catholic dioceses across the state. The state...

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

Oct. 18, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and...

UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law

Oct. 18, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win — even in Syria." Jan Egeland...

US stocks typically ride midterm elections to solid gains

Oct. 18, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

Regardless of how midterm elections turn out, Wall Street usually ends up a big winner. The S&P 500, the stock market's benchmark index, has climbed in the 12 months after each of the midterm elections going back to 1946. That's 18 elections, many of which ended up shuffling the balance of power in Congress....