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Rally against "far-left violence" draws counterprotest

Aug. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A conservative rally against "far-left violence" is being organized in downtown Boston a year after a similar demonstration drew tens of thousands of counterprotesters. Boston Free Speech, the group organizing the event, says on its Facebook page that its rally is scheduled for noon at City...

Church group's opposition stuns advocates of 'tort reform'

Aug. 18, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. A...

Cowboy turned lawmaker hopes to be South Dakota governor

Aug. 18, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his burgeoning career and his ability to walk led instead to a political rise that could make Sutton the first Democrat elected South Dakota governor in over four decades. A horse...

The Latest: US envoy to UN praises Kofi Annan's legacy

Aug. 18, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says former U.N. chief Kofi Annan "devoted his life to making the world a more peaceful place" and "worked tirelessly to unite us." Nikki Haley in a...

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

Aug. 18, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro Synagogue holds an important place in the history of the...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland's capital, Bern, on Saturday in a...

UK military academy probes waterboarding claim

Aug. 18, 2018 7:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Authorities at Britain's Sandhurst military academy say they are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded another at the officer-training school. The Sun newspaper reported Saturday that two officer cadets pinned down another, covered his face with a cloth and poured water over...

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling." A State Department statement Friday also called on the communist government...

Judge tells US officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

Aug. 17, 2018 10:16 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum. The request was made during a hearing a day after U.S. District Judge Dana...

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Aug. 17, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act...