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Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor's race

Oct. 23, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va (AP) — Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race. Obama accused Youngkin of...

Erdogan orders removal of 10 ambassadors, including US envoy

Oct. 23, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata. The envoys, including the U.S., French and German representatives in...

Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for Asian American comment

Oct. 23, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state senator is drawing criticism for referring to Asian Americans as “yellow families” during a legislative committee meeting on racial inequity. Sen. Dave Rader of Tulsa made the comment Wednesday to Oklahoma Policy...

Palestinian rights groups see muzzle in Israel's terror tag

Oct. 23, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Activists called on the international community Saturday to help reverse Israel's unprecedented designation of six Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, a label that effectively outlaws them. They said the decision...

Where Murphy, Ciattarelli stand on issues in NJ gov race

Oct. 23, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters have already begun casting mail-in ballots and on Saturday began heading to the polls for early in-person voting for the first time ever. The governor's race is at the top of the ballot, with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy seeking...

Ayala or Sears: Both would make history in Virginia election

Oct. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The two women seeking the lieutenant governor's office in Virginia next month are fond of touting their unconventional political backgrounds. One thing is certain: Whichever one wins will be making history. Either candidate would be the first...

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the...

Biden to meet Pope Francis amid some rifts with US bishops

Oct. 23, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

There’s an intriguing subplot to President Joe Biden’s upcoming meeting with Pope Francis. The world’s two most prominent Roman Catholics will be celebrating a shared outlook on church teaching and vital social issues even as Biden faces unwavering opposition from many U.S. Catholic...

Utah gun permit applications down after requirement dropped

Oct. 23, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Certified firearms instructor Aaron Turner has no one to teach. Earlier this year, his courses covering gun safety, shooting fundamentals, federal and state laws, and suicide prevention for would-be concealed carry permit holders were booked solid,...

Exhibit honoring black migrants to be unveiled in Wisconsin

Oct. 23, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Pastor Tyrone Patrick’s grandfather, Robert Patrick, worked picking cotton in Mississippi and could “out-pick anybody.” The more cotton he picked, the more money he made, because he was paid by the pound. With 14 children to help raise...