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Far-right to vote against Austrian leader in parliament

May. 27, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz defended his government's track record Monday ahead of a no-confidence vote in parliament prompted by his decision to end a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party. "I am very proud and satisfied with the work we have done as a government in the past year...

Germany commits to ensuring security for Jews with skullcaps

May. 27, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has stressed Germany's responsibility to ensure security for all Jews wearing skullcaps anywhere in the country without having to fear an anti-Semitic attack. Steffen Seibert's comments came after the government's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein,...

Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn't turn back the clock to 1973

May. 27, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned? Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the...

Valedictorian: Foster kid taken in by teacher

May. 27, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When she first got the email about her student, Amy Krusemark was perplexed. Robert Hurley, a tall freshman with a messy bun of curls in her geometry class at Boca Ciega High, would have to move away soon. He had been living in a St. Petersburg foster home, and the managers in...

Bolivian women fight gender-based violence through theater

May. 27, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — On stage, amid the hubbub of a Bolivian street market, women recount their stories of abuse at the hands of men. But the violence depicted in the play isn't just make-believe for the 22 indigenous actresses: It's based on their own real-life experiences. "Kusisita," a work that seeks...

Today in History

May. 27, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 27, the 147th day of 2019. There are 218 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today's Highlight in History: On May 27, 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the...

Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

May. 26, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in...

Proposal would help parents keep custody of troubled kids

May. 26, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Ohio parents to avoid an often heart-breaking decision: giving up custody of troubled children so they can receive desperately needed and expensive services. The amendment to Ohio's two-year budget is aimed at so-called "multisystem youths," those...

Students ask Rapid City for gender identity protections

May. 26, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A student group wants the Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity. High school students from a group called Working to Initiate Societal Equality told board members last week that the district's anti-discrimination policy...

Rep. John Lewis tells graduates to 'get in trouble'

May. 26, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts on Sunday to "get in trouble" and to build "bridges, not walls." The Georgia Democrat, a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, was the keynote speaker at the school's commencement at the DCU...