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Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

Dec. 13, 2018 11:18 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who shut down schools across the state to protest the law earlier this year. Public pension systems across the country are in...

The Latest: French police step up hunt for Strasbourg gunman

Dec. 13, 2018 11:16 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (all times local): 4 p.m. AP journalists and a French police official say a police operation is going on in the Strasbourg neighborhood where a suspected Christmas market gunman was last seen. One French police...

Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

Dec. 13, 2018 11:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine cruising in waters just miles from New York City. That's the...

Cohen, Trump trade blame over payoffs to women

Dec. 13, 2018 11:09 AM EST

President Donald Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, are pointing fingers at each other over who is to blame for what prosecutors say was an illegal scheme during the 2016 election campaign to buy the silence of two women who say they had affairs with Trump. Cohen was sentenced to prison time Wednesday...

The Latest: US Rep.-elect Golden praises election ruling

Dec. 13, 2018 11:06 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a judge's decision to toss a lawsuit challenging the results of America's first ranked congressional race (all times local): 11:00 a.m. Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Jared Golden and backers of a candidate-ranking method of voting say they are vindicated by a federal...

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Dec. 13, 2018 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage." National...

European rights group: Moldova must stop violence in prisons

Dec. 13, 2018 11:04 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe's top human rights body on Thursday urged Moldova to stop "intimidation and violence" against prisoners allegedly carried out by other detainees with the tacit agreement of prison management. In the 21-page report, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee urged the...

Panel says sheriff's policy contributed to Florida massacre

Dec. 13, 2018 11:03 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

Dec. 13, 2018 11:02 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a Brexit lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers at home — a victory won only after she put a time limit on her leadership. May won the vote in London on...

The Latest: Chief says teen fired shots at Indiana school

Dec. 13, 2018 11:02 AM EST

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an eastern Indiana middle school (all times local): 10:55 a.m. A police chief says a teenage suspect and officers fired gunshots at each other at an eastern Indiana middle school before the youth killed himself. Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum tells the...