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Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: First statue honoring women

Nov. 16, 2019 12:52 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An internationally-known sculpture artist whose work has exhibited at The Smithsonian Institute and The Bronx Museum in New York City has been picked to design Lexington's first-ever statue honoring women. The design of Barbara Grygutis of Tucson, Arizona, was picked from four...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Abrams’ group aims to reach Georgia voters who may be purged

Nov. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EST

Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization is aiming to reach Georgia voters who could be purged from the state’s election rolls as soon as next month. Fair Fight Action is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers coming out of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta to make calls to...

Taiwan opposition candidate backs Hong Kong full democracy

Nov. 14, 2019 7:38 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The China-friendly opposition candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election is urging Hong Kong to adopt universal suffrage as the best way of stemming months of anti-government protests. Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party told reporters Thursday that Taiwan stood as an...

John Legend lends support as Florida felons get vote rights

Nov. 8, 2019 5:15 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Singer John Legend was on hand to lend support Friday as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in what Miami officials called a simple and streamlined process. The ceremony in a Miami-Dade County courtroom was meant to show that ex-felons can regain their voting rights, even if the...

Bevin seeks vote recanvass while Beshear starts transition

Nov. 7, 2019 5:32 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Wednesday for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office. Beshear, the state's attorney general, said he's confident in...

The Latest: Bevin: Recanvass of votes to ensure 'integrity'

Nov. 6, 2019 5:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's race for governor (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he asked for a recanvass of Tuesday's election results in order to make sure there is "integrity in the process." The election results currently show the Republican incumbent trailing...

Florida high court hears arguments on felon voting rights

Nov. 6, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court began considering Wednesday whether a voter-approved constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of felons who complete their sentences means they also have to pay court-ordered fines, fees and restitution. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis believes...

Animal rights activists sue biggest US foie gras distributor

Nov. 1, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after the New York City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras, animal rights activists sued the biggest U.S. distributor of the French delicacy for alleged inhumane treatment of ducks. Voters For Animal Rights, a New York-based nonprofit, filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn federal...

Georgia begins process of purging 300,000 voters from rolls

Oct. 29, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials could soon remove more than 300,000 names of registrants who haven't participated in elections for several years from the state's voting rolls. Unlike past cancellations, voters will now receive a notice before being removed under a new state law, The Atlanta...