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The Latest: Police release first names of mosque victims

Mar. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 12:50 p.m. New Zealand police have officially released the first names of the 50 people killed in last week's shootings at two New Zealand mosques. Police said the five people they have named were all male...

Court allows lawsuit over political bias to go to trial

Mar. 19, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that a former graduate student's lawsuit alleging his free-speech rights were violated over his conservative political beliefs should be allowed to go to trial. The Providence Journal reports the high court's ruling Monday reverses a superior...

North Dakota Legislature repeals Sunday morning shopping ban

Mar. 19, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday repealed the nation's toughest Sunday business restrictions — rules that are rooted in religious tradition and that have been in place since statehood. Senators voted 25-21 on the House bill repealing the ban on Sunday...

Warren wraps up 3-state Southern swing in Alabama

Mar. 19, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-state Southern swing on Tuesday with appearances in Alabama, where the Democratic presidential candidate talked about her affordable housing plan as well as her call to eliminate the electoral college. Warren began the day with a walking tour of...

3 Native American inmates win right to long hair in Texas

Mar. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BEEVILLE, Texas (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos' ruling last month only affects the three inmates at the...

Vatican makes overtures on eve of Italy visit by China's Xi

Mar. 19, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is greeting the visit to Italy of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week with a new round of overtures and says the "door is always open" to dialogue. Italian media have been speculating for days about the possibility of a meeting between Xi and Pope Francis during...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...

China says 13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report Monday issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region....

Israel's Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

Mar. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections. Reversing the decisions of Israel's elections committee earlier this month, the court ruled to bar Jewish Power party leader Michael Ben Ari in an 8-1 vote,...

White House aide says 'absurd' to link mosque shooter, Trump

Mar. 17, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official said Sunday that President Donald Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd." Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a "disturbed individual" and "evil...