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21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

Dec. 11, 2017 3:47 PM EST

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh. They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread across...

The Latest: Republican Roy Moore casts himself as victim

Dec. 11, 2017 3:28 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama Senate race (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Republican Roy Moore is casting himself as a victim in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. In a call to a conservative talk radio show in Montgomery on Monday, Moore took aim at a political group called Highway 31, which...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Dec. 11, 2017 2:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand...

Man sets off pipe bomb strapped to his body in NYC subway

Dec. 11, 2017 3:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man inspired by the Islamic State group set off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his body Monday in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, injuring the man, slightly wounding three others and sending New York commuters fleeing in terror through the smoky passageway. Surveillance...

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Dec. 11, 2017 3:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants — a nod to Trump's...

Robocalls, bogus news as Alabama Senate race hits final day

Dec. 11, 2017 12:49 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign entered its last day Monday with the candidates making final appeals for votes and a war of robocalls between President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. There was a flurry of bogus news as well. Trump recorded a call touting Republican...

Firefighters protect coastal California towns as blaze rages

Dec. 11, 2017 11:28 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighborhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history. Tens of thousands remained under evacuation orders Monday as the fire churned...

Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

Dec. 11, 2017 2:50 PM EST

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in western Myanmar. Without warning, seven soldiers burst into the house and charged into their bedroom. The woman, a...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Dec. 11, 2017 3:50 PM EST

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching. One of...

3 Trump accusers speak out, call for congressional probe

Dec. 11, 2017 12:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks on Monday told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades. The White House called the claims false...

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WVU shifts staffing following radio shutdown

Dec. 11, 2017 3:55 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it installed an interim general manager of the student-run U92 radio that was temporarily shut down from a job action by student workers on Thursday. School officials say while their investigation continues, assisted by an outside counsel, the current...

Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks

Dec. 11, 2017 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some stinging mistakes in stories involving President Donald Trump has given him fresh ammunition in his battle against the media while raising questions about whether news organizations need to peel back the curtain on how they operate. The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls...

US Army Corps of Engineers to help restore Illinois prairie

Dec. 11, 2017 3:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S Army Corps of Engineers are planning to seek bids to restore a patch of rare habitat at a forest preserve district in a southwest suburb of Chicago. The Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve says it features wet and wet-mesic dolomite prairie, which are among the most critically...

Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana club

Dec. 11, 2017 3:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest city is reviewing the first application from a business seeking to be among the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, more than a year after voters approved a bring-your-own pot measure. Dan Rowland, a spokesman for the Denver department that regulates marijuana businesses,...

Carbon monoxide leak forces evacuation of church daycare

Dec. 11, 2017 3:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — High carbon monoxide levels have forced the evacuation of children and staff from a church daycare in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Fire Department reports that no injuries have been reported Monday at the Purpose of Life Church daycare and that the children were released to their...

2 possible contenders for NY governor discuss state's future

Dec. 11, 2017 3:53 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two political leaders from upstate New York who are seen as possible candidates for governor next year are weighing in on incumbent Andrew Cuomo, the upstate-downstate divide and the state's economic future. Outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat, joined Deputy Senate...

Some area leaders question homeless campus in Rapid City

Dec. 11, 2017 3:53 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Several community leaders are voicing concerns about the proposed location of a campus to serve the homeless in western South Dakota. Rapid City Collective Impact's proposed Transformation Center Campus would offer transitional housing, addiction treatment, counseling and job...

Chicago suspect in train theft pleads guilty on trial date

Dec. 11, 2017 3:51 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The sole suspect in a 2015 theft of guns off a Chicago train who chose to go to trial has changed his mind and pleaded guilty just as jury selection was to start. A federal judge was to begin trial Monday but accepted Dandre Moody's guilty pleas instead, sending would-be jurors home. Moody...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Dec. 11, 2017 3:50 PM EST

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching. One of...

Report: Former NJ governor hired friend for 'no-show' job

Dec. 11, 2017 3:50 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey governor who is now chairman of the board at a major hospital recommended that the hospital hire a friend who was given a "no-show or low-show" job, according to a published report. NJ.com reported former Republican Gov. Donald DiFrancesco made Jill Cooperman his...