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The Latest: Warren says Washington beholden to NRA

Mar. 24, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 2:30 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the National Rifle Association is holding "Congress hostage" when it comes to stemming gun violence. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate tells a campaign rally that if seven children were...

Kurds to be key swing vote in Turkey's local elections

Mar. 24, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of Kurdish votes will be crucial in determining the fate of Turkey's March 31 local elections, as a pro-Kurdish party has made the strategic decision to send votes to an opposition rival to challenge the ruling party in key races in Istanbul and Ankara. The Peoples' Democratic...

New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

Mar. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since...

Campaign roundup: Indiana mayor talks marriage, millennials

Mar. 24, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg told voters Saturday that his marriage to his husband exists "by the grace of a single vote on the U.S. Supreme Court." The South Bend, Indiana, mayor visited South Carolina for the first time since announcing his presidential exploratory...

Atlanta police set up hotline for 'child murders' case

Mar. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor and police chief are leading a push to re-examine evidence from a string of murders that terrorized the city's black community between 1979 and 1981. As a result, authorities are being inundated with calls. Now, officials have set up a central hotline for anyone with...

Death toll rises to 62 in China chemical plant blast

Mar. 22, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. The death toll appeared likely to rise still further, with another 28 people still listed as missing, the...

The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans' attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won't decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate...

Arizona judge: Lawsuit by Georgia Tech's Pastner to proceed

Mar. 22, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge says a blackmail and defamation lawsuit filed by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner against an Arizona man can move ahead. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Pima County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday on the Pastner lawsuit against his former friend Ron Bell of Oro...

EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal

Mar. 22, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to discuss the issue again at their next gathering in...

Catalan government backs down over pro-independence banners

Mar. 22, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional government on Friday removed eye-catching pro-independence banners from its headquarters in Barcelona, hours before police were due to take them down on orders from the country's electoral board. Workers removed a large banner from a balcony on the front of the...