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Brazil remembers slain politician 1 year after her death

Mar. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tearful friends, family and admirers gathered Thursday to pay homage to a city councilwoman who was gunned down one year ago in a brazen slaying that sparked outrage across Brazil. Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, were killed in central Rio de Janeiro on the evening of...

Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, dies

Mar. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now, women make...

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

Mar. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from...

2 ex-cops arrested in killing of black Brazilian politician

Mar. 12, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities arrested two former police officers Tuesday in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrests in Rio came two days before the anniversary of...

R. Kelly goes back to jail, takes risks with TV interview

Mar. 6, 2019 11:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He'd never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. The day ended with a trip to jail after the embattled R&B singer...

Hinckley says he's happy 'as a clam' but lacks close friends

Mar. 5, 2019 8:02 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told mental health professionals last year that he's "happy as a clam" living with his mother and older brother in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. anonymously sells books online as well as items at an antique mall. He plays guitar and...

Dutch ambassador recalled from Tehran amid dispute with Iran

Mar. 4, 2019 8:10 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' foreign minister said Monday that he has recalled his country's ambassador to Iran after Tehran expelled two diplomats from the Dutch embassy amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a letter to lawmakers that he...

Charles McCarry, prescient spy novelist, dead at 88

Mar. 1, 2019 9:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles McCarry, an admired and prescient spy novelist who foresaw passenger jets as terrorist weapons in "The Better Angels" and devised a compelling theory for JFK's assassination in "The Tears of Autumn," has died. He was 88. The author died Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia, from...

Bomb kills 11 near judge's home, hotel in Somali capital

Feb. 28, 2019 9:01 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A powerful explosion killed at least 11 people in the Somali capital Thursday, police said. An Islamic extremist group claimed that a Mogadishu hotel was the intended target, but a police officer said militants detonated a bomb while trying to assassinate a judge. The car bomb went...

AP Explains: Pakistan-based militant group sparks tensions

Feb. 28, 2019 11:35 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When a suicide bomber blew himself up in India's insurgency-wracked Kashmir region on Feb. 14, killing more than 40 soldiers, the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quick to take responsibility. The Pakistan-based group's attack sent tensions soaring between the two nuclear-armed...