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Regulators ask for expedited power grid reliability study

Oct. 14, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Utility regulators from three states used nearly identical language in letters urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to speed up its study on the effects of upcoming coal-fired power plant closures on the U.S. power grid. The Billings Gazette reports the language appeared...

California to require abortion medication at public colleges

Oct. 11, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require abortion medication on college campuses under a law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University...

Missouri official: Not all slain kids were innocent victims

Oct. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A top St. Louis law enforcement official has sparked outrage by remarking that not all of the area children who have been killed by guns this year were innocent victims. While the children who were under 10 years old were innocent victims, some of the older slain children had been linked...

A New Mexico icon, Spanish conquistador faces attacks

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Spanish conquistador is an image found throughout New Mexico, the most Hispanic state in the United States. Depictions of men such as 17th century explorers Don Juan de Oñate and Don Diego de Vargas have long adorned murals and been honored at commemorations as symbols of...

Save the Children warns of cholera spike in Yemen's north

Oct. 9, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A children's advocacy group is warning of a spike in cholera cases in northern Yemen affecting hundreds of thousands of children and their families as a result of an increase in fuel shortages. Save the Children said Wednesday that fuel shortages have resulted in a jump in food prices and, as...

Suburban official accused of anti-Islamic social media posts

Oct. 9, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Muslim rights and advocacy groups in Massachusetts have accused a suburban Boston city councilor of anti-Islamic social media posts. Revere city councilor George Rotondo Jr. insisted late Tuesday his online posts "are not what they are being called" and said the allegations were...

Border Patrol agent accused of 'textbook racial profiling'

Oct. 7, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol's suspicions about a family were aroused because they appeared to be of "Central-American origin" and because they spoke Spanish while shopping at a store in Maine, an advocacy group complained Monday. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine...

Unions sue USDA seeking to halt new pork processing rule

Oct. 7, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and...

Public campaign finance task force faces call for update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A task force setting rules for New York state's new $100 million public campaign finance system faced calls Monday to give the public another chance to weigh in before a looming December deadline. The League of Women Voters and other advocacy groups sent a letter Monday asking the...

Tina Tchen, ex-Obama adviser, to lead Time's Up foundation

Oct. 7, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former adviser to the Obama administration who has a history of fighting workplace inequality will become the next head of Time's Up Now. Lawyer Tina Tchen will become president and chief executive of the advocacy group and its foundation starting Nov. 1. Tchen led the White House Council...