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Sudan's military sidesteps proposal for civilian rule

Jun. 24, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers refused to agree on Monday to the Ethiopian proposal for a power-sharing agreement with the country's pro-democracy movement, a top general said, in comments that could worsen a volatile standoff with the protesters. Ethiopia has led diplomatic efforts to...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...

Spain's top court convicts 5 men in gang rape case

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Friday overruled two lower courts and sentenced five men to 15 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old woman. The case had triggered an outcry because the lower courts last year convicted the men of the lesser crime of sexual abuse and handed down nine-year...

WKU kicks off commemoration of 19th Amendment

Jun. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — As she stood with fellow elected officials commemorating the 100th anniversary of Congress' passage of the 19th Amendment, Bowling Green City Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown shared an experience she said she will never forget. One Saturday afternoon last year, while Beasley-Brown...

O.J. Simpson case helped bring spousal abuse out of shadows

Jun. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

In a letter that surfaced after her 1994 murder, Nicole Brown Simpson detailed the fear and violence that framed her marriage to O.J. Simpson, the charismatic football star who became a TV pitchman. Simpson gave her "disgusted" looks with each pound she gained in her first pregnancy in 1988 and "beat the holy...

Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights

Jun. 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature that protects women's access to abortion amid proponents' concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could review Roe v. Wade. After signing the bill in private Monday, Gov. Phil Scott released a...

California county questions security deal for men-only club

Jun. 10, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An annual retreat in California put on by an elite club whose ranks include former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and powerful business leaders is facing scrutiny for excluding women after female county supervisors questioned whether they should continue allowing sheriff's...

Joe Biden reverses position on federal dollars for abortions

Jun. 7, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no...

In reversal, Biden opposes ban on federal money for abortion

Jun. 6, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no...

Dem rivals rebuke Biden for not backing abortion rule repeal

Jun. 5, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women's rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions. Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party's latest platform calling for the outright repeal of...