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Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

May. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a fetal...

GOP's Weld says he's most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race

May. 18, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump's only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling "terrible," and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near. At a campaign...

The Latest: Pigot turns fastest lap in Indy qualifying

May. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 qualifying (all times local): 6:20 p.m. American Spencer Pigot earned the top seed in the Indianapolis 500 pole shootout after posting the top four-lap average in qualifying Saturday. He did it on the second attempt of the day then waited more than six...

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

May. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, and that...

New drug trial ordered after prosecutor's religion questions

May. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal appellate panel has ordered a new trial and reversed a couple's drug convictions partly because a prosecutor cited their beliefs in a religious figure regarded as the patron saint of drug dealers and as the angel of the poor. According to the Courier Journal , an opinion...

Jury awards $3M to black strippers in discrimination case

May. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a...

Mongols biker club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

May. 18, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses...

The Latest: Missouri Democratic lawmakers slam abortion bill

May. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's proposed ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Missouri Democratic lawmakers are slamming a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade says there's no liberty in Missouri when...

Report: Iran gives death penalty for American woman's murder

May. 18, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-owned newspaper says the country's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for an Iranian man accused of murdering an American woman during a robbery. The Saturday report by the "Iran" daily identified the accused only by his first name, Siamak. The report says the...