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Republicans renew call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a legislative hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Democrats quickly opposed the request and called it a political stunt. GOP Del. Rob Bell sent a letter to...

German govt calls official's killing 'attack on all of us'

Jun. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The killing of a politician who supported refugees, allegedly carried out by a man with a record of violent hate crimes, is an "alarm signal" that highlights the threat posed by far-right extremism, Germany's top security official said Tuesday.  The motive of the 45-year-old German man...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

Schedler wants Louisiana to reimburse $32K for settlement

Jun. 18, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's former secretary of state, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations, wants the state to reimburse him $32,000 for his costs of a settlement that ended the misconduct lawsuit against him. Tom Schedler was sued by a woman who worked in his office and...

Hong Kong opposition movement largely without leaders

Jun. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The largely youth-driven movement of black-clad protesters challenging Hong Kong's government over an unpopular extradition bill is a coalition operating without a clear leadership structure. And that adds to its appeal for supporters disaffected from the moneyed elites who run the former...

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in...

Police: Arizona man beheads roommate's dog as she moves out

Jun. 18, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona police say a man mutilated and beheaded his roommate's dog as she moved out of the home that the two shared in a Phoenix suburb. Police in the city of Buckeye said Sunday that 21-year-old Jose Vega Meza was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of animal cruelty and a...

US Education Department to investigate UNC Middle East event

Jun. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a conference on the Middle East held at the University of North Carolina after a legislator raised complaints that participants were biased against Israel. The conference titled "Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and...

Man claims racial profiling for arrest while attached to IV

Jun. 18, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man says he was racially profiled when he was arrested by police as he walked outside a hospital with an attached IV. The Journal-Standard reports Freeport police on June 9 arrested Shaquille Dukes, his brother and another man for disorderly conduct because of their...