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Planned Parenthood challenges Wisconsin abortion laws

Jan. 16, 2019 2:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin asked a federal judge on Wednesday to repeal state laws that make it more difficult for women, particularly in rural areas, to receive abortions. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison targets restrictions enacted by the Republican Legislature...

May government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

Jan. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May defied calls to resign as she faced a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin and unleashed a power struggle over control of Britain's planned withdrawal from the European Union. May was battling to...

Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease Russian sanctions

Jan. 16, 2019 2:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury's decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just short of...

Now a 2020 candidate, Gillibrand builds campaign on gender

Jan. 16, 2019 2:05 PM EST

TROY, New York (AP) — A day after she jumped into the presidential race from a glimmering Manhattan television studio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned Wednesday to her upstate New York hometown to preview a campaign that is expected to put gender front and center. Speaking outside a Troy diner she said is...

Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

Jan. 16, 2019 1:36 PM EST

An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong. Supporters of 53-year-old Patrick Pursley clapped in a Winnebago County courtroom when Judge Joseph McGraw issued his ruling, saying prosecutors had scant...

Greek PM Tsipras faces midnight confidence vote in his govt

Jan. 16, 2019 1:28 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers geared up Wednesday night for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority after its coalition partner walked out to protest a deal normalizing relations with neighboring Macedonia. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to...

Mayor's killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech

Jan. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the assassination of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others. Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the...

Democrats hit Wheeler's rollbacks at EPA during hearing

Jan. 16, 2019 1:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler described himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, even as a leading Democrat called him "just as extreme" as predecessor Scott Pruitt. The Republican-controlled Senate...

The Latest: Official sees no Brexit change on Channel checks

Jan. 16, 2019 1:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A top French border police official says checks of the English Channel for illegal immigration won't change after Britain leaves the European Union on March 29. Franck Toulliou, the second-in-command of France's Air and Frontier Police, said...

Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

Jan. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump,...