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Satanic Temple unveils Baphomet statue at Arkansas Capitol

Aug. 16, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds. With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those...

Doctors, nurses protest rule of Venezuela's socialist leader

Aug. 16, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Riot police have blocked hundreds of doctors and nurses from marching to Venezuela's presidential palace to protest low pay and shortages of medical supplies amid the nation's deepening crisis. Thursday's demonstration in Caracas was the first attempt by protesters to reach the...

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug. 16, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on...

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

Aug. 15, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump...

Chicago activist announces Labor Day march near airport

Aug. 15, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago activist who helped organize a protest march that briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive this month now wants to disrupt traffic with a Labor Day march on an expressway near O'Hare International Airport. At a Wednesday news conference, the Rev. Gregory Livingston said the anti-violence...

Man disputes abortion protester's claim he pointed rifle

Aug. 15, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A Missouri man accused of pointing a rifle at an anti-abortion protester near a southwestern Illinois abortion clinic says it was unloaded and he only lifted it up for the man to see. Police arrested 27-year-old Kevin Brooks of Springfield, Missouri, outside Granite City's Hope...

Oklahoma City observing 60th anniversary of sit-in

Aug. 15, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City is observing the 60th anniversary of a youth sit-in that local historians say deserves more recognition in the collective memory of the national civil rights moment. Oklahoma History Center staffer Bruce Fisher said the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council's peaceful protest...

6 arrested for blocking driveway to ICE facility in Oregon

Aug. 14, 2018 8:04 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officers arrested six people at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in southwest Portland. KGW-TV reports that the arrests came as a group of clergy and others marched to building Tuesday morning and blocked a driveway. The group sought a meeting with the...

The Latest: Crowd protests death penalty at Nebraska Capitol

Aug. 14, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska's first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Death penalty opponents protested Nebraska's execution of its longest-serving death row inmate at a rally outside the state Capitol. The event drew more than 150 people early Tuesday evening, hours after...

Uganda opposition figure held after anti-president protest

Aug. 14, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A prominent opposition figure in Uganda has been detained after violent clashes Monday night that allegedly started when President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones, a military official said Tuesday. Lawmaker Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was held overnight in the northwestern...