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Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

Daughter says Sri Lankan PM failed slain journalist father

Aug. 13, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The daughter of a leading journalist killed during the rule of Sri Lanka's former strongman accused the current prime minister on Tuesday of not doing enough to prosecute the strongman's brother for his alleged involvement in her father's killing. He is now the opposition's...

Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020

Aug. 13, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking. A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on Tuesday evaluates the state of...

Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts

Aug. 11, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control advocates in...

In Carter's home county, voting rights case tests democracy

Aug. 10, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter's hometown makes a point of celebrating democracy. American flags wave outside stores selling old campaign buttons and vintage political posters, and tourists mill around the train depot that served as his 1976 campaign headquarters. The rural Georgia county...

Poland's parliament speaker resigns over use of govt flights

Aug. 8, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The speaker of the Polish parliament said Thursday that he is resigning after a scandal erupted over his and his family's frequent use of government planes. The affair was threatening to damage the reputation of the right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, ahead of parliamentary...

North Carolina governor seeks weigh-in after remapping trial

Aug. 7, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have formally asked North Carolina judges to quickly strike down dozens of legislative districts drawn by Republicans that are at the center of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The top elected Democratic leaders on Wednesday requested...

Judge hears arguments on Alabama's method of electing judges

Aug. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Racial discrimination is at the root of an at-large election system that produces all-white appellate courts in Alabama, an attorney argued Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the system, but an opposing attorney said political party preference, rather than race, explains the...