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Mexican women knit hearts at memorial for murdered females

Aug. 24, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A dozen women spread across the grass of Alameda park in the capital Saturday knitting hearts for a memorial to murdered girls as Mexico grapples with endemic violence against females. Hands worked quickly looping canary yellow, blood red and turquoise yarn. The women then strung the...

'Red flag laws' offer tool for preventing some gun violence

Aug. 24, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. But when a Tennessee father became alarmed about his son after receiving a suicidal text message, he said the...

New Mexico city seeks help paying monument lawsuit fees

Aug. 24, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city has asked residents to help fund the remaining balance of fees resulting from a Ten Commandments monument lawsuit. The Farmington Daily Times reported Thursday that the city of Bloomfield launched an online fundraiser asking for help coming up with $467,000 it owes...

Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if...

Civil rights and business leader dies

Aug. 24, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island civil rights and business leader has died. The Providence Journal reports Michael Van Leesten died Friday. He was 80. Van Leesten helped co-found and served as CEO of the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Rhode Island, which provides job training, career...

Tennis champ, trailblazer Althea Gibson honored at US Open

Aug. 24, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf —...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 24, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photographs shared on social media show recent fires burning in the...

Ohio AG joins federal argument against LGBTQ protections

Aug. 24, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is joining the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws provide no protection against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ employees The Columbus Dispatch reports Attorney General Dave Yost said Friday he...

Virginia marks 400th anniversary of slave ship arrival

Aug. 24, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted "we are a state that for too...

India's Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Aug. 24, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of...