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Maine gov: Trump abortion order is bad for state's health

Jul. 16, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor says the Trump administration ban on taxpayer-funded abortion referrals will deny health care services to women now that a major abortion provider is dropping out of a federal family planning program. Augusta-based Maine Family Planning said Tuesday it will...

Saudi forces intercept Yemeni rebel drones targeting cities

Jul. 16, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's air force intercepted and destroyed three Yemeni rebel drones before they could reach targets in the southern Saudi cities of Jizan and Abha, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Col. Tukri al-Maliki was quoted in the state-run Saudi Press Agency saying the drones...

South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after cancer

Jul. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. The Grammy-nominated and...

New districts upheld in Navajo voting-rights case

Jul. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that found voting districts in a Utah county were racially gerrymandered and violated the rights of Navajo voters. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the opinion Tuesday in the case that resulted in the election of the...

Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings

Jul. 16, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those protesting how police treat black suspects. However, prosecutors...

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry as the nation confronted a long history of...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Timeline of key events in Eric Garner chokehold death

Jul. 16, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced July 16 they will not bring civil rights charges against New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. The announcement comes one day before the five-year anniversary of Garner's death. A timeline of key events: July...

Top Senate Democrat gives backing to reparations bill

Jul. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he supports legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of enslaved black people in the United States. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, the New York Democrat on Tuesday called racism "the poison of...

The Latest: McConnell says Trump 'is not a racist'

Jul. 16, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers of color (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump is "not a racist" after Trump tweeted over the weekend that four congresswomen of color should...