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2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says that they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...

Teen activist says future has been stolen by climate change

Apr. 23, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has accused adults of stealing young people's future as she met senior British politicians at Parliament. The 16-year-old Swede, who has sparked a global wave of youth environment protests, met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other...

Jefferson County teachers' group endorses Edelen

Apr. 22, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrats running for Kentucky governor have turned Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's feud with some teachers' groups into a frequent attack line against the incumbent. With political activism surging among teachers, courting their support has been a priority leading up to the May 21...

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand 'a roof too'

Apr. 22, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of public housing advocates protested outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris Monday to demand that France's poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof. Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered with placards...

Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

Apr. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched in Morocco's capital Sunday to condemn lengthy prison sentences given to dozens of activists, including the leader of the Hirak Rif poverty-fighting movement. The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of Rabat to a standstill. Security forces...

Activist: Sudan protest leaders meet with military rulers

Apr. 20, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Sudanese activist says leaders of the protest movement are holding talks with the military council. Ahmed Rabie, a leader at the Sudanese Professionals Association which is behind the protests, tells The Associated Press that Saturday's meeting is the third that they have with the...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 20, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...

Feds ask for 18-month sentence in Russian agent case

Apr. 19, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a Russian gun-rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin should serve an 18-month prison sentence. The request came in a sentencing memo filed late Friday in Maria Butina's case. Prosecutors say Butina was "not a spy in the traditional sense"...

Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

Apr. 19, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate. While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate...

Major tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding medication

Apr. 18, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — All three hosts of the Triple Crown were among several major tracks that agreed Thursday to phase out the use of a common anti-bleeding medication starting next year, sparked by the deaths of 23 horses in three months at Santa Anita. Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses won't be...