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UN: Russians say Syria withdrew controversial property law

Oct. 18, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid expert says Russian officials have told him Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed for authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled fighting in the country's civil war. Jan Egeland also said on Thursday that President...

McCaskill-Hawley race turns nasty over sting videos

Oct. 17, 2018 9:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign manager on Wednesday called for her Republican rival Josh Hawley to launch an investigation of footage of her campaign taken by a conservative group known for "sting" videos of liberal organizations. "We have reason to believe...

The Latest: Pot activist complains about new Canada law

Oct. 17, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Latest on Canada's legalization of recreational marijuana (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A long-time cannabis advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law. Dana Larsen is the founding...

Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare

Oct. 17, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election. It's a familiar message for Democrats, who have for...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

Oct. 17, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what's known about Russia's interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. A look at his comments on...

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Oct. 17, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it's not...

California agency, gas tax backers worked closely together

Oct. 16, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the political battle to overturn California's gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public affairs firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local government groups, emails obtained...

Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student's name goes to governor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of...

Kentucky judge blocks certification of 'Marsy's Law' vote

Oct. 15, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has ordered officials not to certify the results of an election next month on whether to add protections for crime victims to the state's constitution, saying the question posed to voters on the ballot is misleading. Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote...

Bank of America 3Q profits rise 32 percent, beats forecasts

Oct. 15, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Monday that its third-quarter profits rose by 32 percent from a year ago, as higher interest rates allowed BofA to charge more for loans, and lower corporate tax rates helped it save hundreds of millions on taxes. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based banking giant said...