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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 4:31 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...

This undated photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows Officers Tiffany Enriquez, left, and Kaulike Kalama. Enriquez and Kalama were killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, while responding to a call. (Courtesy of Honolulu Police Department via AP)

Hawaii man suspected of killing 2 cops described as unhinged

Jan. 20, 2020 4:14 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii handyman with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors faced eviction when he stabbed his landlord 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...

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

Jan. 20, 2020 3:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Republicans told a sometimes cool crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta that they were honoring King's civil rights legacy of service...

Homeless moms evicted from Oakland home may return

Jan. 20, 2020 3:48 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland, California, house where they were squatting plan to move back after speculators agreed to sell the property to a nonprofit organization, it was announced Monday. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community...

Pope Francis delivers a blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Populism is fertile ground to foment anti-Semitism

Jan. 20, 2020 10:57 AM EST

VATICAN CTIY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday denounced populism, saying it is born of “selfish indifference” and provides fertile terrain for hatred, including anti-Semitism. Francis spoke while meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights organization that fights...

Democratic presidential candidates US. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, I-Vt. and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, D--Mass., shake hands as greets U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, center, D-Hawaii at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day services at Zion Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in King Day march

Jan. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at a Baptist church Monday and linked arms with each other and civil rights leaders in a march of tens of thousands to the Statehouse. At Zion Baptist Church before the march, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

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 9:51 AM 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...

State plans renovation of Susan B. Anthony's childhood home

Jan. 20, 2020 9:19 AM EST

BATTENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is planning to do restoration work on the early childhood home of Susan B. Anthony. The house that Anthony's father built in 1833 in the Washington County hamlet of Battenville is water-damaged and in rough shape. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic...

FILE - This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Al Sharpton presenting an award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Sharpton is working on a book meant to address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. Hanover Square Press announced Monday that the longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

New Al Sharpton book looks at America's political crossroads

Jan. 20, 2020 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is working on a book that will address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. The longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15, less than two months before the 2020 election,...

South Africa looks again at anti-apartheid activist's death

Jan. 20, 2020 6:02 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has opened an inquest into the death of an anti-apartheid activist in police custody nearly four decades ago as pressure for justice in similar cases continues. Dr. Neil Aggett's body was found hanging in the cells of the John Vorster police station in Johannesburg, which...