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Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

Oct. 20, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April. Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent...

Trump's campaign mode revives fiery immigration talk

Oct. 20, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm elections, he's back at it as he looks to stave off Democratic gains in Congress....

Dems struggle with Trump's approach to culture war

Oct. 20, 2018 1:35 AM EDT

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren...

Trump revives fiery immigration talk for 'caravan' election

Oct. 19, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm elections, he's back at it as he looks to stave off Democratic gains in Congress....

Police hire raises criticism in New Mexico's largest city

Oct. 19, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque mayor's hiring of a New Jersey law enforcement veteran accused of excessive force in a more than decade-old lawsuit was met Friday with strong criticism among New Mexico police reform advocates. The announcement a day earlier of Leonard Nerbetski's appointment as a...

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

Oct. 19, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections. An ad from Black Americans for the President's Agenda in an...

California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

Oct. 19, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Playing Trump's game in culture war a losing Dems' strategy

Oct. 19, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren...

Old-school R&B group The O'Jays get into a political groove

Oct. 19, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic R&B group The O'Jays has always made music for the heart. Now the group is going for the jugular on what it says is its last album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees known for the classic song "Love Train" on Friday released the politically charged single "Above the...

Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Oct. 19, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa's newest political star — even if she hasn't yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen....