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Rap lyrics, Kavanaugh take the stage in pivotal House race

Oct. 18, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Hip-hop, health care and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as issues in a tight congressional race in New York's Hudson Valley that pits a freshman Republican congressman against a rapper-turned-corporate lawyer seeking his first political office. Democrat Antonio Delgado is running on...

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

Oct. 18, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 showed Blackburn trailing former...

Observers: India temple protest support a bid for votes

Oct. 18, 2018 9:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling party and the main opposition are both supporting a protest blocking women from entering one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in what political observers said is a bid to court voters in the country's south ahead of a general election due next year. Busloads of...

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GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid expert says Russian officials have told him Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed for authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled fighting in the country's civil war.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

Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

Oct. 18, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims said Thursday his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the...

Analysis: With 'America First,' where do human rights rank?

Oct. 18, 2018 8:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If it's an "America First" presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump's refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In dealing with Russia, across...

Indian gov't minister resigns, denies sex harassment claims

Oct. 18, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — M.J. Akbar, India's junior external affairs minister, resigned Wednesday amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors, becoming the most powerful man to fall in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. Akbar...

Farm-rich Salinas exemplifies California's housing struggles

Oct. 18, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn't take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must...

Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism

Oct. 18, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in Afghanistan's Parliament, hoping to guarantee education for the next generation of Afghan girls, despite...

As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

Oct. 18, 2018 1:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global...