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Future rabbis plant with Palestinians, sow rift with Israel

Feb. 19, 2019 1:11 AM EST

AT-TUWANI, West Bank (AP) — Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel. In a stark departure from past programs focused on strengthening ties with Israel and Judaism, the new crop of...

Harris: Facts unfolding in probe of alleged Smollett attack

Feb. 18, 2019 11:38 PM EST

Sen. Kamala Harris says she won't comment again on the investigation into a reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett until it's completed. Speaking Monday to reporters in Concord, New Hampshire, during her first presidential campaign trip to the state, the U.S. senator from California says that "the...

The Latest: Klobuchar takes a 'relative' look at gun laws

Feb. 18, 2019 11:36 PM EST

The Latest on the presidential candidates (all times EST): 11:30 p.m. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says that she comes at gun safety legislation from the perspective of: "Would this hurt my Uncle Dick in the deer stand?" Appearing Monday night at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, the 2020 Democratic presidential...

The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS fighting

Feb. 18, 2019 11:12 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The International Rescue Committee says more than 60 people have died in recent weeks after making their way out of the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. Spokesman Paul Donohoe says exhaustion and...

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

Feb. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers. She says in an emailed statement that his lawyers "will keep an...

Iowa governor opts not to appeal fetal heartbeat law ruling

Feb. 18, 2019 8:21 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor said Monday she decided against appealing a judge's ruling last month that struck down Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Gov. Kim Reynolds called it an extremely difficult decision but...

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

Feb. 18, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there,...

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Video of officer punching teen prompts AG investigation

Feb. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A video showing police repeatedly punching a 16-year-old during an arrest has prompted the Delaware Attorney General's Office to review the case. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the video shows New Castle County police punching the male teen during an arrest Friday. The video...

New York City aims to stop hairstyle discrimination

Feb. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City doesn't want people to have their hairstyles held against them, and it unveiled novel guidelines Monday against hairdo discrimination. The new legal guidance says the city's existing human rights law protects New Yorkers' right to "maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are...