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Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government on the eighth straight day of angry demonstrations that were triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Abortion rights protest held for 10th day in Poland

Oct. 31, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators held anti-government protests across Poland for the 10th straight day Saturday in response to the tightening of one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. The latest protests, though smaller than in previous days, showed the determination and discontent of...

Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, right, write notes as they prepare to debate on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. As he has before, Harrison brought a plexiglass barrier to separate him from Graham. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC's Graham, Harrison clash on criminal justice, health care

Oct. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the Friday night before Election Day, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison met in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia for their second and final debate, clashing over issues related to criminal justice reform, health care and political...

Alexandria City Public Schools revises contract with police

Oct. 30, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Alexandria City Public Schools in northern Virginia is overhauling its contract with police in an effort to bring more accountability and equity to the district. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the changes are being made amid a national debate over racism in American...

Providence city officials call to hire 50 police officers

Oct. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence and other city officials announced support to hire 50 new police officers next year after previously discussing reducing or canceling the police academy. Mayor Jorge Elorza questioned in July whether the city needed more officers or if those funds should be...

Washington Metropolitan Police Department police officers push back demonstrators outside of the fourth district police station in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Demonstrators gathered at the police station in protest over a fatal a crash involving a moped driver who died when he police were attempting to pull him over. The crash happened last Friday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

DC releases bodycam footage from fatal crash amid protests

Oct. 29, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation's capital on Thursday released body camera footage from a fatal vehicle accident during a police chase that has sparked two days of protests and clashes. Karon Hylton, 20, died in a hospital after his moped crashed into a car Friday night while he was being pursued...

FILE - In this March, 10, 2015, file photo, New Mexico state Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria speaks during the Senate Public Affairs Committee at the state Capital in Santa Fe, N.M. On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, Candelaria said he received anonymous threatening telephone messages shortly after publicly criticizing a political demonstration that took place outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. (Luke E. Montavon/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP, File)

State senator pivots from fugitive to reformer

Oct. 29, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator who fled home because of threatening phone messages after criticizing a protest against coronavirus restrictions says he plans to pursue reforms that make police more responsive to threats against elected officials — including those who may be especially...

Virginia governor signs criminal justice and police reforms

Oct. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed more than a dozen criminal justice and police reform laws, including a ban on no-knock search warrants, limitations on the use of neck restraints and changes that make it easier to decertify police officers for misconduct. The legislation was...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 photo, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., speaks during a news conference in Town and Country, Mo. Wagner of Missouri's 2nd District is facing a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Key Missouri congressional race seen as referendum on Trump

Oct. 28, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Democrat Jill Schupp and Republican Ann Wagner are sparring over health care and crime, but experts agree that the suburban St. Louis congressional race is, like many suburban races around the country, largely a referendum on President Donald Trump. Schupp is challenging four-term...

Nigeria to investigate the shooting of protesters in Lagos

Oct. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The shootings of peaceful protesters in Nigeria last week will be investigated by a judicial committee, an official announced Tuesday, as some seek accountability for the worst turmoil in decades in Africa’s most populous country. The committee is also investigating alleged...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, people participating in a

Police bill plays big role in Connecticut legislative races

Oct. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Democratic candidates for the General Assembly contend they have a strong record to run on, despite COVID-19 greatly limiting legislative successes in 2020, Republicans have latched onto the police accountability legislation that passed in a special session, believing voters...