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Key facts on Sri Lanka as it prepares to elect new president

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, which will elect a new president on Saturday, has had a tumultuous history. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948, the country has seen three major armed conflicts in which hundreds of thousands have died. It...

3 in melee with white supremacists plead to lesser charges

Nov. 14, 2019 11:10 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three protesters entered no-contest pleas Thursday to lesser charges stemming from a 2016 melee with white supremacists that injured at least 14 people at the California state Capitol. They include prominent San Francisco Bay Area anti-fascist leader Yvonne Felarca. She goes by...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Mo’Nique sues Netflix for discrimination in show offer

Nov. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo’Nique sued Netflix on Thursday for race and sex discrimination in its offer for a proposed comedy special, accusing the streaming service of giving her a lowball offer that was part of a larger company tendency to underpay black women. The comedian and Oscar-winning actress...

Bernie Sanders working to win moderates, Latinos in Nevada

Nov. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is courting voters in Nevada who might not be very politically engaged, as well as moderate Democrats and Latinos, the Vermont senator’s campaign said Thursday. Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver, in a phone call with reporters marking 100 days until...

Police: No indication restaurant staff heard racial comment

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Police looking into an incident at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings found no indication that workers heard a white patron mention the race of a group of black customers when he asked that they not be seated next to him, but investigators said the employees had heard him make racist comments...

Report: State Department employee wrongly removed from job

Nov. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department employee working on Iranian policy was improperly removed from her post by officials who took into account her ethnic background, perceived political views and prior role in the Obama administration, according to a report Thursday from the agency’s inspector...

NASCAR’s final 4 in fun mode ahead of championship race

Nov. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three contenders for the NASCAR championship have already given Kyle Busch a good run for the money three days before the race. Busch and teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin were stuck in New York City traffic with Kevin Harvick and the Joe Gibbs Racing trio decided Busch...

Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to "Dumbo," “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems...

Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a private server on a...