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Steve Wynn: Nevada regulators can’t pull gambling license

Nov. 15, 2019 7:42 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn is telling Nevada regulators they can’t revoke his gambling license over allegations of workplace sexual harassment because he’s no longer affiliated with the company that carries his name. Attorneys for the former Wynn Resorts...

Planned Parenthood awarded $2.3 million for secret videos

Nov. 15, 2019 7:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury found Friday that an anti-abortion activist illegally secretly recorded workers at Planned Parenthood clinics and is liable for violating federal and state laws. The jury ordered him, the Center for Medical Progress and other parties to pay nearly $2.3 million in...

Abrams’ group aims to reach Georgia voters who may be purged

Nov. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EST

Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization is aiming to reach Georgia voters who could be purged from the state’s election rolls as soon as next month. Fair Fight Action is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers coming out of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta to make calls to...

Florida gov appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 7:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

College president wants founder’s name removed from building

Nov. 15, 2019 6:51 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of a private liberal arts college in Minnesota is asking his board of trustees to remove the school founder’s name from a campus building over concerns about his racist and sexist views in the 1800s. The Star Tribune reports that Macalester College leader Brian...

Suspected Neo-Nazi charged with gun crime in Texas

Nov. 15, 2019 6:46 PM EST

POST, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a suspected neo-Nazi is facing a gun charge following an FBI investigation. Authorities charged 23-year-old Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Post, Texas. A federal grand jury...

UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. The vote on the...

Buttigieg backed by former Charlottesville, Va., mayor

Nov. 15, 2019 5:33 PM EST

The former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorsed Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign on Friday, citing him as one of the people whose advice he sought ahead of the deadly 2017 clash between white supremacists and counter protesters. Michael Signer, who was the Charlottesville mayor at the time of...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...