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Hawaii telescope protesters don't back down after arrests

Jul. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters didn't back down from their long-running effort to stop construction of a $1.4 billion telescope, blocking a road Thursday to the top of a mountain sacred to some Native Hawaiians a day after authorities arrested nearly three dozen people. Activists have fought the Thirty Meter...

Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker are hitched

Jul. 18, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With a nod to "The Handmaid's Tale," Amy Landecker announced on Instagram that she is "of Bradley," elopement style. Landecker said Thursday she wed her fellow "Handmaid" co-star Bradley Whitford with their children and dogs, Izzy and Otis, as witnesses. They were married by political...

The Latest: Telescope protest enters 4th day after arrests

Jul. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local): 11:10 a.m. A protest against construction of a Hawaii telescope has entered its fourth day as activists block a roadway to the top of a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians. The action Thursday comes...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

Turkey acquits 3 rights activists of terror-related charges

Jul. 17, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul has acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders and two other human rights activists of charges of engaging in terrorist propaganda. The media advocacy group said Erol Onderoglu of Reporters Without Borders; Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head of the...

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a national rallying cry against...

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...

Today in History

Jul. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2019. There are 168 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. On this date: In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was...

Court sides with anti-abortion protester fined for pamphlets

Jul. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court has ruled that an anti-abortion protester shouldn't have been ticketed $250 for handing out pamphlets outside an abortion clinic. Al.com reports the court ruled Friday that Ellen Haverman Hermann was exempted from needing a permit as she was conducting a...

Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Jul. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code...