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Hong Kong protests expand to oppose China, with no end near

Jul. 16, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Colin Wong has come to know the sting of pepper spray well. After more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong's sweltering heat, memories of the burning sensation are a constant reminder of what protesters call an excessive use of force by police. Each time he felt the now-familiar...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates sue over new asylum rule

Jul. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's effort to end asylum protections for many migrants (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration over its move to end asylum protections for most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border. The American Civil...

Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

Jul. 13, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Violent clashes broke out after several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous territory. After issuing a warning, police on Saturday moved forward to disperse the crowd of mostly young...

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

Oklahoma judge upholds law banning common abortion procedure

Jul. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled from the...