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Arizona's utility regulators to review shutoffs after death

Jun. 15, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona utility regulators say they want an investigation and comprehensive review of electric and other utilities policies after a customer died last year when her power was cut off because she was $51 behind on her bill. Arizona Corporation Commissioners Boyd Dunn and Justin Olson joined...

US border center scrutinized after teen found with preemie

Jun. 15, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

A U.S. border patrol facility in Texas came under new scrutiny Saturday after a teenage mother was found there with a premature baby. Immigrant advocates expected the facility in the U.S.-Mexico border city of McAllen to allow doctors inside to conduct health assessments, but it was not immediately clear whether...

Louisiana held its own Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of people grabbed plates of jambalaya and black-eyed peas, some with a beer. They took seats for the stump speeches. And then, they selected their favored GOP candidate for governor on the paper ballot and slapped on an "I Voted" sticker. Welcome to the Iowa Straw Poll,...

Advocates: Emails show that census question discriminates

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the...

Texas sheriff's sergeant dies after found with head injuries

Jun. 15, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff's sergeant who died shortly after being found in his car with head injuries apparently suffered a medical emergency and wasn't shot, as deputies initially suspected, authorities said Saturday. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office determined that Sgt. Keith...

The Latest: Texas sheriff's sergeant suffered medical crisis

Jun. 15, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Texas sheriff's sergeant (all times local): 4 p.m. Authorities say a Texas sheriff's sergeant who died after being found in his car suffered a medical emergency that caused him to fall and apparently strike his head. The Tarrant County medical...

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

PAC run by Utah governor's former staff under investigation

Jun. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A political action committee run by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's former campaign manager is under investigation after raising $4.8 million but never donating to candidates or causes. The PAC called "Americans for an Informed Electorate" that was co-founded by Joe Demma has used most of...

The Latest: Ralph Abraham wins Louisiana's Iowa Straw Poll

Jun. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans (all times local): 4 p.m. Republican candidate for governor Ralph Abraham has won Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll. Southwestern Louisiana Republicans hosted the state's first-ever gubernatorial straw...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...