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Syrian activists report 7 killed in government offensive

Aug. 17, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and a war monitor say airstrikes have pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in the country's northwest, with one strike killing seven people, including children. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three children were among those killed...

Native American voters, once overlooked, seek role for 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates will descend on Iowa next week to do something that Native Americans say doesn't happen enough: court their vote. At least seven White House hopefuls have said they'll attend a forum in Sioux City on Monday and Tuesday named for longtime Native American...

Idaho fair rejects breastfeeding photo entry for contest

Aug. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Nampa woman entered three photos of her grandchildren into contests at the Western Idaho Fair — and one got rejected even before judging began. The photo depicts Stacy Coleman's daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, breastfeeding her baby, Brightlynn Loveleigh. Coleman took it last fall...

AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland

Aug. 17, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The liberal city of Portland, Oregon, is again expected to be a flashpoint because of a right-wing rally planned Saturday. The out-of-town groups will likely be met by anti-fascist protesters, and the police will be out in force. The city has seen violent protests before. Here is a...

Portland, Oregon, awaits right-wing rally, counter protests

Aug. 17, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, were in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday to help police there monitor a right-wing rally that's expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S. Self-described...

Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

Aug. 17, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest...

Official says no prosecutions for women seeking abortions

Aug. 16, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A top Missouri prosecutor on Friday said he doesn't think any counterpart "in their right mind" would prosecute pregnant women under a new law that bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar, the St....

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar told The...

Correction: Myanmar-ASEAN story

Aug. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In a story July 30 about Malaysia's position on Myanmar's responsibility for Rohingya refugees, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to which Malaysia belongs, has agreed to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for rights...

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...