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Police arrest protesters amid curfew in India's northeast

Dec. 12, 2019 2:35 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police arrested dozens of people and enforced curfew Thursday in several districts in India's northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. Groups of protesters defied the curfew in Gauhati,...

Push to accelerate mustang captures draws fire in Congress

Dec. 12, 2019 1:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, whose high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs, also...

Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

Dec. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidate Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions by negotiating prescription drug prices. Thursday the House will vote on a bill by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would deliver that and much more. But Trump is not on board. The California Democrat's legislation is expected to pass...

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country's secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists,...

US seeks dismissal of New Mexico's immigration lawsuit

Dec. 11, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. lawyers want a judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties earlier this year by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States. New Mexico claimed in a lawsuit...

White Sands monument closer to gaining national park status

Dec. 11, 2019 7:58 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park. The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a defense spending measure that includes language to boost the classification of White Sands National Monument. President Donald Trump has...

Michigan is poised to legalize sports, online gambling

Dec. 11, 2019 7:56 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling, expanding options for gamblers in a state with three commercial casinos in Detroit and two-dozen tribal casinos elsewhere. The bills reflect a compromise with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after lawmakers...

Massachusetts officials rescind ban on vaping product sales

Dec. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Retailers in Massachusetts will once again be allowed to sell unflavored vaping products after state officials on Wednesday ended an emergency ban on their sale and approved new restrictions on flavored vaping products. The state’s Public Health Council on Wednesday voted to rescind a...

House votes to ban drivers under 18 from using cellphones

Dec. 11, 2019 6:54 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drivers younger than 18 would be prohibited from using cellphones except for emergencies under legislation the Michigan House approved Wednesday. Michigan now bars drivers with a learner's or intermediate permit — those as young as 14 years, 9 months to those at least 16 years...

Israel to hold 3rd straight election, prolonging stalemate

Dec. 11, 2019 6:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his...