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Ardern vows to deny accused mosque gunman notoriety he seeks

Mar. 19, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister declared Tuesday she would do everything in her power to deny the accused mosque gunman a platform for elevating his white supremacist views, after the man dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at his trial in the killings of 50...

High court again eyes reasons for removing black jurors

Mar. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn't get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials. Three convictions were tossed out and two other juries couldn't reach unanimous verdicts. This week, the Supreme Court will...

SEC says Musk's contempt defense 'borders on the ridiculous'

Mar. 18, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. securities regulators countered Tesla CEO Elon Musk's contempt-of-court defense Monday night, writing in court papers that he brazenly disregarded a federal judge's order and that one of his arguments "borders on the ridiculous." Lawyers for the Securities and Exchange Commission, in a...

New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terror

Mar. 18, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of terror...

Warren backs congressional plan for reparations study

Mar. 18, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday embraced a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced...

NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

Mar. 18, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his...

New Mexico investigates nonprofit group over pay disparities

Mar. 18, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general said Monday his office is investigating a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities find work as advocates are suing over what they describe as "sweatshop jobs." Hector Balderas said his office is looking into allegations that Adelante...

Washington state teacher settles discrimination suit

Mar. 18, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — A middle school teacher has settled her sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against a Washington state school district. The Peninsula Daily News reported Sunday that Autumn St. George has settled her 2018 federal suit against the Sequim School District and three employees. St....

Police officer suspended amid white nationalist affiliation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer has been removed as a school resource officer and suspended from the police department amid allegations that he's a member of a white nationalist group. The Chesterfield County Police Department said Monday that he was suspended pending a recommendation...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...