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Anti-gay marriage clerk in Kentucky faces voters in forum

Oct. 23, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses after gay weddings became legal, a Kentucky clerk running for re-election told voters on Tuesday she did not treat anyone unfairly and her act of defiance was to protect the state's Constitution. "I did not treat anybody unfairly....

Will 'all Trump, all the time' help the GOP in the midterms?

Oct. 23, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is betting that his ubiquitous role in the midterm elections — all Trump, all the time — will pay off for Republicans trying to hang onto their perilous majorities in Congress. Trump's campaign said Tuesday it will spend more than $20 million on the...

UN expert: Human rights defenders attacked and criminalized

Oct. 23, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. expert says human rights defenders are being attacked and criminalized and more than 1,000 were killed between 2015 and 2017. Michel Forst is the U.N. special investigator on human rights defenders and his report to the General Assembly's human rights committee Tuesday says...

Readers pick America's best-loved novel in nationwide vote

Oct. 23, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overcame wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers nationwide. The 1961 book by Harper Lee emerged as No. 1 in PBS' "The Great American Read" survey, whose results were announced...

Acrimony over trade, politics sinking China-US ties further

Oct. 23, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — "Both ignorant and malicious" was how the official China Daily newspaper recently described comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, offering a stinging insight into the current bitter tone of discourse between the countries. The White House's move to expand Washington's dispute with...

Judge reverses order on media in alleged surgeon rape case

Oct. 23, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Tuesday reversed an order barring the media from reporting on search warrant documents in the case of a surgeon charged with sexual assault, a lawyer said. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones made the ruling after The Associated Press and an...

Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

Oct. 23, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent at the Grand Canyon will be reassigned amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations, the National Park Service said Tuesday, marking the latest upheaval at one of the country's most popular national parks. Investigators from the Interior Department's...

In Honduras, poverty and gangs help drive migration

Oct. 23, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A caravan of some 7,000 Central American migrants is advancing through southern Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. The vast majority of them are from Honduras, a country of 9 million people. A bleak combination of powerful drivers like poverty and gang violence leads many to...

Abrams defends burning state flag, Confederate symbol in '92

Oct. 23, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The campaign of Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams is defending her involvement in burning the state flag, which contained a prominent Confederate symbol, during a protest while in college more than 25 years ago. Abrams' role in that flag-burning protest resurfaced in...

Lawsuits: Georgia absentee ballots improperly rejected

Oct. 23, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether a Georgia practice of rejecting absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications because of a mismatched signature without first providing recourse for the voter is unconstitutional. Two separate lawsuits allege election officials are improperly...