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Israel says it finds Hezbollah outpost on Lebanon border

Oct. 22, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday said it uncovered a militant outpost on the Lebanese border that Hezbollah guerrillas have set up under the guise of an environmental advocacy group. A senior officer from the military's Northern Command told reporters that the new observation post in the...

Police officers grow beards for annual children's fundraiser

Oct. 17, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police officers in New Hampshire and Maine are putting down their razors to raise money for children's advocacy groups. The Portsmouth Herald reports police officers will let their beards grow during October to support centers in York County in Maine and in Rockingham County in New...

James admits 'terrible error' after swastika shown in TV ad

Oct. 15, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan said Monday he made a "terrible error" by inadvertently showing a swastika in his campaign's first TV ad of the general election. The ad began airing two weeks ago and already was being phased out for a new one, James said, when a...

Sexual history survey sent to fifth-graders draws complaints

Oct. 12, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A survey that asked fifth-grade students in Vermont about their sexual history, preference and gender identity has drawn complaints from parents. The survey sent to Windsor Elementary School students was conducted by WISE, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and advocacy group,...

Independent women a key in outcome of Montana Senate race

Oct. 12, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana's high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 will stick with the president and Republicans again this year, political observers said. Hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots were mailed...

Official exoneration for man freed last year in 1971 rape

Oct. 11, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A legal ordeal that dragged on for close to half a century is officially over for a man wrongfully convicted in a 1971 rape. The advocacy group Innocence Project New Orleans said Thursday that prosecutors in Baton Rouge officially dismissed charges against Wilbert Jones in the kidnapping...

Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul

Oct. 9, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. Organizations that range from the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

Groups seek US help in identifying migrant remains

Oct. 5, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Representatives of dozens of U.S. and Latin American advocacy groups pressed their case Friday for access to an FBI-run DNA database to help them locate and identify the remains of thousands of migrants thought to have disappeared over the last several decades while crossing the...

The Latest: Advocacy groups clash over oil pipeline deal

Oct. 3, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to replace oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel (all times local): 1:02 p.m. Environmental groups are pledging to fight a plan to replace twin oil pipelines in the waterway that links Lakes Huron and Michigan, while business interests are...

Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids' app

Oct. 3, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Children's and public health advocacy groups say Facebook's kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids' personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade...