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The Latest: Jury debates sentence for man who hit protesters

Dec. 10, 2018 3:37 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr. for the murder of Heather Heyer (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A jury has begun deliberating the punishment for a man who killed a woman and injured dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist...

ACLU settles suit over governor's censored Facebook page

Dec. 10, 2018 3:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Facebook page of Maine's Republican governor will no longer block critics, according to a settlement reached last week with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the operators of the Facebook page. The operators of Gov. Paul LePage's Facebook page agreed to unblock...

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

Dec. 10, 2018 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an...

Jury deciding sentence for man who rammed rally protesters

Dec. 10, 2018 2:54 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Several people who were severely injured when a man drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last year described devastating physical and psychological effects to a jury tasked with making a sentencing recommendation Monday. Jurors on Friday convicted...

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse

Dec. 10, 2018 2:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses in the isolated country. U.S. officials say the sanctions are intended to call attention to "brutal" censorship and human rights abuses as well as the death of American captive...

China pressures US, Canada ahead of Huawei hearing

Dec. 10, 2018 2:43 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese...

UN Syria envoy: Work ongoing for constitutional committee

Dec. 10, 2018 2:36 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. Special envoy for Syria said Monday work is still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year, adding that hurdles remain in place. Staffan de Mistura made his comments in Jordan after meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman...

Admitted killer sentenced to 3 life terms plus max 230 years

Dec. 10, 2018 2:28 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man convicted of killing his wife has pleaded guilty to killing his parents and a niece and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Douglas County District Court records say 46-year-old John Dalton Jr. entered the pleas Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and four...

Slovak hospitals hold new Roma mothers against their will

Dec. 10, 2018 2:20 PM EST

KEZMAROK, Slovakia (AP) — Monika Krcova did not want to follow the official guidelines and remain in the hospital in Slovakia for four days after her third baby's birth. And so she escaped. Like many other Roma, she tells horror stories about giving birth in the hospital: How doctors at the Kezmarok...

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

Dec. 10, 2018 2:18 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has...