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Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 4:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it hopes to prevent further cases after authorities ruled that one of its engineers killed himself after being repeatedly ridiculed by his boss. A regional labor bureau ruled in September that the 2017 suicide entitled the victim’s family to compensation under a law...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Native American shield returned to New Mexico from France

Nov. 18, 2019 8:03 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A ceremonial Native American shield has been welcomed back to New Mexico by tribal leaders, in the culmination of a yearslong international campaign to reclaim the sacred object that held a place in a cycle of ceremonies until it vanished from a mesa-top indigenous village in the...

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...

AP Explains: What’s wrong with hearsay evidence in Congress?

Nov. 15, 2019 12:54 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A leading Republican critique of the House impeachment inquiry is that Democrats are relying on “hearsay” evidence. The word ‘hearsay’ is bandied about in legal circles all the time, and in its simplest form refers to testimony that quotes what another...

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One Egyptian woman is taking on the country’s inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men. Since her father's death last year, Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, has stood before three different judges to demand an equal share of the property left to her two brothers by...

Officer: I quit Proud Boys over fears of ‘far-left’ attacks

Nov. 13, 2019 5:31 PM EST

A Connecticut police officer who belonged to a far-right group accused a civil rights activist who had complained to his department of trying to “silence conservative voices,” according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. In his letter, addressed to East Hampton’s police chief,...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Florida man accused of killing man after losing card game

Nov. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EST

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Florida man was so angry about losing several thousand dollars in a card game that he set the other man’s car on fire with him inside. A Pasco County Sheriff’s arrest report says the victim was burned beyond recognition after playing cards...

As Hong Kong descends into chaos, China mulls its options

Nov. 13, 2019 4:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A sharp escalation of violence in Hong Kong is once again raising the question of how China's central government will respond: Will it intervene, or allow the chaos to persist? The Liaison Office, which represents mainland authorities in Hong Kong, said Wednesday that actions in the...