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Lawsuit challenges Louisiana Supreme Court districts

Jul. 23, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices are discriminatory against African American voters, according to a civil rights group's lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge seeks a declaration that the districts violate...

Alabama: Keep statewide elections for appellate courts

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a Monday court filing, Alabama asked a federal judge to uphold the state's 150-year-old practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote and reject a lawsuit's claims that it is racially discriminatory. A federal judge will hear arguments next month in a lawsuit that seeks...

Duterte: Can't stop China in disputed seas, won't risk clash

Jul. 22, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. "When Xi says 'I will fish,' who can prevent him?"...

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear...

Woman discovers sister's photo in civil rights museum

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In 1963, the year before Freedom Summer, Dorothy Pitchford was late coming home from her Jackson school one day. Over 1,000 miles away, in Chicago, her aunt was watching the national nightly news. Suddenly, there was Pitchford on screen, being loaded into the back of a "paddy wagon."...

Pakistan's northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

Jul. 20, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAMRUD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections Saturday, in a region on the Afghan border that was once a stronghold for the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups. The seven tribal areas were integrated last year into the northwestern Khyber...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Jul. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights. The election-year lawsuit was filed May 30 in federal court by four black plaintiffs with...

Court upholds new districts in Navajo voting-rights case

Jul. 16, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld newly drawn voting districts in a Utah county after a judge had found the old boundaries amounted to racial gerrymandering and violated the rights of Navajo voters. The opinion from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver comes after...

Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 16, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...