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Medical examiner’s macabre humor leads to complaint

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is taking exception to the macabre humor that Maine’s chief medical examiner used in an old job posting. The 2017 posting for a deputy medical examiner touted Maine’s benefits like a “really short season for decomposing bodies” and the fact...

UN: Bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

Nov. 22, 2019 9:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast on Friday, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and...

Poland approves controversial judges to constitutional court

Nov. 22, 2019 9:10 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s parliament elected three ruling party nominees as judges to the constitutional court, including two widely denounced by opposition lawmakers, raising concerns about the court’s independence. Parliament voted the judges in late Thursday. President Andrzej Duda...

Farage tells UK voters his party is not just about Brexit

Nov. 22, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s stalled departure from the European Union is taking a temporary back seat in Britain’s election campaign, as parties try to woo voters with their domestic policies. That includes the Brexit Party led by veteran euroskeptic Nigel Farage, which published its policy...

Analysis: Lots of impeachment evidence but one thing missing

Nov. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute. Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to...

Sri Lanka leader appoints Cabinet, brother will lead finance

Nov. 22, 2019 2:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president on Friday appointed a 16-member interim Cabinet and allotted finance and other ministries to his brother, the new prime minister. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected last week, also said he would call a parliamentary election as early as...

Michigan GOP leader uses expletive to call governor ‘crazy’

Nov. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was “disrespectful and unnecessary.” The Collegian at Hillsdale College quoted Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Restaurant group sues over Berkeley’s natural gas ban

Nov. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction may end up eroding the region’s reputation for fine and creative dining, according to a California trade association suing the city on behalf of restaurants. In its lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S....

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in...