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Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled. The...

Hong Kong police and protesters clash, ending violence lull

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters threw bricks and gasoline bombs at police, who responded with tear gas, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long anti-government protests on Saturday for the first time in nearly two weeks. Hundreds of black-clad protesters armed with bamboo poles and baseball...

Hong Kong protesters form human chains to call for democracy

Aug. 23, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement lined the streets and part of the city's harbor front Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago. Some raised linked hands while others switched on their smartphone lights and...

Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

Aug. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, saying that videos are a form of speech with constitutional protections under the First Amendment Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian...

Man charged in campus slaying of California co-worker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with murder in the stabbing of his co-worker on a college campus. The Orange County District Attorney's office on Friday charged 51-year-old Chuyen Vo of Huntington Beach with one count of murder with enhancements for use of a knife and...

DOJ: Immigration facility shouldn't have to pay minimum wage

Aug. 23, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in...

Pilots union announces dates for British Airways strikes

Aug. 23, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways pilots will go on strike for three days next month in a long-running pay dispute with the airline. Pilots' union Balpa announced Friday that the pilots will strike Sept. 9, 10 and 27. The airline lost a bid late last month in the Court of Appeal seeking a temporary injunction...

Teacher shortage, protests complicate educator pay dynamics

Aug. 23, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal jumped to a nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and buy a new car. "I have a college degree. I felt I could make a difference in people's lives as a teacher, but to...

Head Start program changes signs on buses for migrant kids

Aug. 22, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with an organization that provides early education programs for children of migrant and seasonal workers says they are changing the signs on their buses. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "Migrant and...

Authorities investigate Dallas postal customer's racist rant

Aug. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating a customer's racist rant against an employee at a post office. In a widely viewed video posted Wednesday on Twitter, a white man standing at a north Dallas postal counter yells for the worker to give him a form. Other...