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Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament but lost control of the Senate, according to results reported Monday. When exit polls were released after voting ended...

Haiti's embattled president faces 5th week of protests

Oct. 14, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's embattled president faced a fifth week of protests on Monday as road blocks went up across the country after opposition leaders said they will not back down on their call for Jovenel Moïse to resign. While Port-au-Prince remained relatively quiet, demonstrations in...

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Oct. 14, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald...

Editorials from around Ohio

Oct. 14, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Red flag to pink slip The Toledo Blade Oct. 13 Gov. Mike DeWine has been clear about what is necessary to improve gun laws in Ohio and make the public safer. He was clear as a candidate, even though it meant contradicting the National...

India restores post-paid cellphone services in Kashmir

Oct. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Postpaid cellphone services were restored in India-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown. Landline phones were restored in the region last month, but the...

The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

University of Michigan defers Greek rush recruitment to 2020

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — On the edge of the University of Michigan campus, rush for a handful of fraternities recently wrapped up — but it included a significantly smaller class of new members joining a brotherhood. That's because UM decided that its 57 fraternities and sororities would have to defer...

In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests

Oct. 13, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — National Coming Out Day festivities were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBT folk may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on what the Supreme Court decides about workplace discrimination law. But the mere fact that words like "transgender" are...

Poland's ruling party declares victory in divided nation

Oct. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years. The exit poll, conducted by the...

Superintendent named for sites in Birmingham, Anniston

Oct. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Park Service has named a superintendent to oversee new civil rights historical sites in Birmingham and Anniston. The federal agency says Kris Butcher will take over at the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Freedom Riders National Monument starting Oct....