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Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

In Cannes, making sure cinema isn't lost in translation

May. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — On one afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Massoumeh Lahidji could be seen on a rooftop terrace interpreting Farsi into English for the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and an hour later sitting on a stage with Martin Scorsese translating the famously verbose filmmaker...

Kinsler regrets using profanity on field after big homer

May. 17, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler says he regrets using profanity during an emotional outburst after hitting a pivotal three-run home run for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night and maintained he was firing up his teammates and not taking a shot at fans. Kinsler hollered and gestured as he touched the plate...

Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line

May. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

PLIEUX, France (AP) — Europe's taboos are falling away. Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics, and getting new visibility in the final thrust of campaigning for this month's European Parliament elections ....

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

May. 15, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites....

Spanish police break up Asian people-smuggling ring

May. 2, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say border officials in Algeria and Morocco conspired with people traffickers who smuggled hundreds of Asians into Spain across the Mediterranean Sea. Spanish National Police say in a statement Thursday the Bangladesh-based smuggling ring fraudulently obtained visas to Algeria...

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

Apr. 23, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you'll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide. Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you'll live through a man-made...

Louisiana House to debate constitutional measure on abortion

Apr. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters would decide whether to amend the state constitution to say it doesn't protect abortion rights, if lawmakers back a proposal that started advancing Tuesday in the House. The anti-abortion proposal , sponsored by Democratic Rep. Katrina Jackson of Monroe, could...

Fort Worth revamps language services, citing refugee decline

Apr. 15, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth school officials are retooling the English as a Second Language program they offer refugee students from non-Spanish-speaking countries because fewer such refugees are being sent to Tarrant County. The refugee students mostly flee war, religious prejudice or persecution...

SC lawmaker unblocks man on Facebook but calls him 'idiot'

Apr. 1, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in South Carolina has stopped blocking one of his frequent critics on Facebook after the man threatened to file a lawsuit claiming the legislator had limited his freedom of speech. The State newspaper reports that third-term Rep. Neal Collins of Pickens...