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Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Aug. 18, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous and violent protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this...

Captain of ferry that ran aground off job pending drug test

Aug. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The captain of a commuter ferry that ran aground in Boston Harbor has been placed on leave pending drug test results. The Boston Globe reported Saturday that the captain was taken off the job pending the test, which is routine following serious incidents. Officials with the Massachusetts Bay...

Education Agency awards equity grants

Aug. 17, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education has awarded seven grants to thirteen school districts and supervisory unions around the state to help ensure that all students are getting an equitable education. The grants announced this week total $200,000 and range from about $4,000 to $44,000. The...

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory. The sound of marching boots...

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

California's 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world's fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country's most populous state needs between 8,000 and...

Officer resigns after 2 hurt by truck at immigration protest

Aug. 16, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An officer at a detention center resigned Friday amid investigations into a truck that drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies. The resignation of Capt. Thomas Woodworth from the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility was announced in a brief statement from the...

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work. Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following...