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The Latest: Jury to deliberate in officer’s murder trial

Nov. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of an Alabama police officer. (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A jury is expected to begin deliberating soon in the trial of an Alabama police officer facing a murder charge for the 2016 shooting of an unarmed man. WSFA reports that prosecutors and defense...

Steelers QB Rudolph denies report he used racial slur

Nov. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The on-field fight between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has turned into a war of words off it, with Rudolph denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before their now infamous confrontation last...

Garrett’s suspension for helmet attack upheld after appeal

Nov. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it. Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals officer who...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...

Debate clash on race pushes issue to forefront for Democrats

Nov. 21, 2019 7:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates put race at the forefront of their primary scramble Thursday, punctuated by a tense exchange between Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris after the white mayor connected his experiences as a gay man to black Americans’ long struggle against racism....

Teen used ‘ghost gun’ in California high school shooting

Nov. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 16-year-old boy who fatally shot two fellow students and wounded three others last week at a Southern California high school used an unregistered, untraceable “ghost gun,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday. Villanueva told media outlets that...

University says can’t fire professor for ‘bigoted’ remarks

Nov. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A professor at Indiana University who defended “racist, sexist, and homophobic” comments that he posted on his social media accounts will keep his job because his views are protected under the Constitution, university officials announced after they were bombarded with...

Missouri, voting rights groups settle address-change lawsuit

Nov. 21, 2019 5:38 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents could soon find it easier to update their addresses for voter registration under a settlement that voter advocates reached Thursday with the state’s Revenue Department. The League of Women Voters of Missouri and the Kansas City-area chapter of the A....

Mexico strikes automatic child custody for divorced moms

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s high court has struck down a clause in the capital’s family code automatically granting custody of young children to mothers in divorce cases. The Supreme Court found Thursday that the rule governing custody of kids under 12 years old is unconstitutional for making...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...