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Buttigieg backed by former Charlottesville, Va., mayor

Nov. 15, 2019 5:33 PM EST

The former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorsed Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign on Friday, citing him as one of the people whose advice he sought ahead of the deadly 2017 clash between white supremacists and counter protesters. Michael Signer, who was the Charlottesville mayor at the time of...

Jury awards Planned Parenthood $1 million for secret videos

Nov. 15, 2019 5:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury has found that an anti-abortion activist illegally secretly recorded workers at Planned Parenthood clinics and is liable for violating federal and state laws. The jury ordered him and others to pay nearly $1 million in damages. After a six-week civil trial, the San...

Florida gov appeals judge’s ruling on felon voting rights

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor filed an appeal Friday in a bid to lift a federal judge's order allowing some felons to regain voting rights despite failing to settle unpaid fines and other legal debts. The move by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday was the latest legal maneuver over access...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

Rights group: Bosnian migrant camp “dangerous and inhumane”

Nov. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent humanitarian group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where hundreds rallied on Friday amid tensions over the influx of people fleeing war and poverty. The...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

Nov. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s culture minister on Friday awarded the annual Tucholsky literary prize to a Chinese author despite a threat from the Chinese ambassador to ban her from entering the country. Author Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede and co-owner of a Hong Kong store that sold gossipy books...

Liberal PAC files 3rd challenge to Michigan election laws

Nov. 15, 2019 4:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has adopted laws and policies that overly restrict new voting rights included in a voter-passed constitutional amendment, a liberal group alleged in a lawsuit Friday. The suit, brought in state court, is the third filed by super PAC Priorities USA in battleground...

The Latest: Testimony ends in Colorado fiancee murder trial

Nov. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee: (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Testimony has wrapped up in the trial of a Colorado rancher accused of beating his fiancee to death with a baseball bat. Patrick Frazee declined to testify Friday, and his...

Suspected Neo-Nazi charged with gun crime in Texas

Nov. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EST

POST, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a suspected neo-Nazi has been charged with a gun crime following an investigation by the FBI. Authorities charged 23-year-old Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Post, Texas. A...

The Latest: Attorney says acquitted heiress plans to travel

Nov. 15, 2019 4:18 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a California real estate heiress charged with killing her children’s father (all times local): 1:20 p.m. An attorney for a San Francisco Bay Area heiress acquitted of killing the father of her children says his client plans to travel and reconnect with...