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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Netanyahu tries to rally global opposition to ICC case

Jan. 21, 2020 7:22 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on the world to take “concrete actions” against the International Criminal Court ahead of a possible war-crimes case against Israel. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said last month that there was a...

Wisconsin Senate to vote on new student restraint guidelines

Jan. 21, 2020 7:00 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill supported by disability rights advocates and parents that would establish more procedures for when schools restrain a student or place them in seclusion. The disability rights community advocated for improvements to the law after a...

In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, activists shout slogans during a protest in front of Assam House against the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state of Assam, in New Delhi, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

Jan. 21, 2020 2:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims,...

FILE - In this May 30, 2017, fie photo, Jeremy Christian shouts as he is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore. Christian, charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon light-rail train, goes to trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, two years after the killings that plunged this liberal city into months of soul-searching. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File)

Murder trial begins in fatal Portland light-rail stabbings

Jan. 21, 2020 1:54 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train goes to trial Tuesday, two years after the killings in a liberal city. Jeremy Christian has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, Holocaust survivor Maurice Gluck, poses for a photo in his home in Ya'ad, northern Israel. Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of three-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Jan. 21, 2020 1:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of three-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own....

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. An independent commission established by Myanmar's government and led by Manalo has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that drove more than 700,000 members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar panel: Security forces likely committed war crimes

Jan. 20, 2020 11:50 PM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — An independent commission established by Myanmar's government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. However, the...

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 10:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national debate over gun...

Honolulu police carry an injured officer after a shooting and domestic incident at a residence on Hibiscus Road near Diamond Head on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Honolulu. Witnesses say at least two Honolulu police officers were shot and two civilians were injured. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Suspect in Hawaii officers' deaths described as unhinged

Jan. 20, 2020 8:47 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii handyman with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors faced eviction when he stabbed a woman and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be inside burned, authorities and neighbors said. Police responding Sunday to a call for help at the...