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School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban

Feb. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to...

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

Feb. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EST

Democratic presidential candidates spent Sunday courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary, their busy pace of holiday weekend campaigning demonstrating that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. The weeklong congressional recess for President's Day...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Feb. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Fox News...

Verbal attack on French philosopher new anti-Semitism jolt

Feb. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax this weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at a distinguished philosopher during a march of yellow vest protesters, adding to questions about the radicalized fringes of the movement hidden within French society and troubling the...

Aurora shooter's permit was revoked but gun wasn't seized

Feb. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six others at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun. Months later, a second background check of Gary Martin found his 1995...

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Feb. 17, 2019 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats, has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's...

Libyan authorities help free 14 kidnapped Tunisian workers

Feb. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libyan authorities helped free 14 Tunisian workers Sunday who were kidnapped by an armed group near Libya's capital, the Tunisian government said. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that the hostages had been seized Thursday in the town of Zawiva by...

North Macedonia police find 22 migrants trying Balkans route

Feb. 17, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to European Union countries were stopped in separate weekend incidents. Police said Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's...

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

Feb. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters. But the process he helped develop and built his small Alabama technology company around has resulted in a more than decadelong...