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Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as US immigration 'DNA'

May. 27, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film's subject, a law from 1882 that barred Chinese people...

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

May. 27, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Courts are engaged in two broad...

Pakistan to hold parliamentary elections on July 25

May. 27, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it will hold parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on July 25. It will be the first vote since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court for concealing financial assets abroad. His party is expected to do well, despite coming under...

Solicitor General: Supreme Court should hear Crow case

May. 26, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should review a case in which a Crow tribal member and game warden from Montana is asserting his treaty right to hunt elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, a top official with the U.S. Department of Justice said. A ruling could resolve disagreements among...

Weighing risks, Massachusetts hedges bet on sports wagering

May. 26, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has plenty to gain or lose as policymakers weigh the state's response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports betting. After all, the state is home to some of the nation's most ardent sports fans and most successful professional sports franchises. Massachusetts' first...

Amish graduations? A primer on Amish, Old Order schools

May. 26, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — It's graduation time for Lancaster County's Amish and Old Order Mennonite schools. Hundreds of schools will send eighth-grade graduates into the world with no pomp and circumstance. Plain-sect children will leave their private parochial schools, which were established as a right...

At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy

May. 25, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton implored a crowd at Harvard University on Friday to stand up for "the truth, facts and reason" as attacks on the rule of law, free press and elections threaten to undermine American democracy. The former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state, U.S....

Correction: Death Penalty-Ohio story

May. 25, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story May 24 about a request for clemency by death row inmate Robert Van Hook, The Associated Press erroneously reported on his current attorneys' strategies. His lawyers are citing a history of abuse and untreated mental illness, not a "homosexual panic" defense, which was used...

Filing: Leagues' block of sports gambling cost track $139M

May. 25, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey horse racing association filed a legal action against the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA Thursday, claiming the leagues cost one of the state's racetracks more than $130 million in lost revenue by blocking legal sports betting. The action filed by the New Jersey...

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

May. 24, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone's features to lure people into buying its competing products. The verdict reached Thursday is the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 2011. Apple contends Samsung...