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Did Michelle Obama veto first version of official portrait?

Dec. 3, 2019 12:33 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Race has always been the focus of artist Kehinde Wiley’s work. He famously replaces black figures for white ones in classical paintings as a remedy for the historical invisibility of black men. But looking back on his early attempts tackling racism and stereotypes, he admits...

Hong Kong police to enter campus to clear hazardous items

Nov. 27, 2019 6:14 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they will enter a blockaded university to clean up hazardous material before lifting a 10-day siege, after civilian search teams found no evidence of any protesters still holding out. Police district chief Ho Yun-sing said safety teams comprising...

Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end

Nov. 26, 2019 7:00 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened Wednesday morning and a weeklong police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s long-running anti-government protests. The Cross-Harbour Tunnel, which links Hong Kong Island...

Lengthy budget impasse taking toll on services in Michigan

Nov. 26, 2019 1:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When $525,000 in state funding was cut from a popular school truancy program she runs to help students in rural northeastern Michigan, Dorothy Pintar held off as long as possible on reducing staff. But last week, nearly two months into a budget impasse in the Capitol, she drove to...

Stalemate still on as N Carolina legislature ends this year

Nov. 26, 2019 11:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked. It may take the November 2020...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...

China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong

Nov. 21, 2019 4:46 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy...

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EST

The re-election victory by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards over the weekend has assured Democrats of an all-important place at the table when political maps are redrawn after the 2020 census for future elections to Congress and the state Legislature. Edwards’ narrow triumph on Saturday marked the third...

Partisan vote in House for Export-Import Bank measure

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House split along party lines Friday to pass a measure renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports. Just 13 Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the measure, a tally that...

Bulgaria panel elects top prosecutor despite veto, protests

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s supreme judicial panel has voted to override a presidential veto of the election of the new chief prosecutor, despite criticism from the public. The panel voted 20-4 Thursday to elect Ivan Geshev for a seven-year term. The 49-year-old Geshev was the only candidate...