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The Latest: US unveils seizure warrant for Iranian tanker

Aug. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The U.S. government says it has a warrant to seize an oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff because of violations of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes. The U.S....

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Kentucky finds 1,000 teachers violated law during 'sickouts'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An election-year investigation into teacher rallies at Kentucky's Capitol found more than 1,000 educators violated state law by participating in protests that shut down some schools, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said Friday. No penalties will be assessed, Kentucky's labor...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

The Latest: Philly police: Gunman had AR-15, handgun

Aug. 15, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the standoff in Philadelphia that injured six police officers (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Philadelphia's police commissioner says a gunman who barricaded himself in a rowhouse and exchanged gunfire with police for hours had a military-style AR-15 and a handgun. Richard...

Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism

Aug. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators are moving to officially condemn white nationalism, with Democrats and Republicans alike drafting resolutions against hate-spurred violence, but the unity could be short-lived as elected officials plunge into debates over how the government should intervene to...

Missouri abortion law critics won't seek signatures for vote

Aug. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of a new Missouri law that bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy say they won't make a push to gather the signatures needed to block it pending a public vote, meaning it's on course to take effect at the end of the month. Opponents of the law sought a referendum...

Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

Aug. 15, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire. Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday approved the award for David Gavitt under the...

New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law put on hold

Aug. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge put a temporary hold on a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The order means that New Jersey's recently enacted measure cannot be enforced by the state attorney general and comes in response to a lawsuit brought by a doctor practicing...

The Latest: Critics of Missouri abortion law drop vote push

Aug. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to put new Missouri abortion restrictions to a public vote (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Critics of a new Missouri law that restricts abortions say they won't make a push to gather the signatures needed to put it to a public vote. The American Civil Liberties...