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Young Afghan women barely remember Taliban but fear a return

Aug. 26, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two yellow burqas are on display at a television station in Kabul, bright versions of the blue ghostlike garments some women in the capital still wear. For the young women at Zan TV they are relics, a reminder of a Taliban-ruled past that few of them can recall. Their generation...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's illusory claims of gains from tariffs

Aug. 26, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is painting a false picture of a U.S. economy unaffected by his trade war with China and other countries. He describes a blue-sky world in which rapidly escalating tariffs have no impact on American consumers even as a raft of businesses and economists say...

Israeli court bars nationalist activists from upcoming polls

Aug. 25, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has barred two activists from a hard-line, nationalist party from running in upcoming elections. The court barred Benzi Gopstein, leader of an extremist anti-assimilation group, and Baruch Marzel, a prominent political activist. The court said both men incite racism...

Race and the death penalty: Arguments ongoing in N Carolina

Aug. 25, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Four death row prisoners will argue to North Carolina's highest court that racial bias so infected their trials that they should be resentenced to life in prison as attorneys revive arguments about a repealed law on race and capital punishment. The state Supreme Court will hear...

Elizabeth Warren's rise started by looking at the bottom

Aug. 25, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt? Warren, then a law professor, wasn't satisfied...

Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

Aug. 24, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, according to the Supreme Court. It is the fourth time that the 86-year-old justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer over...

DA objects to deal in lawsuit over Houston area bail system

Aug. 23, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The top prosecutor in Texas' most populous county is opposing parts of a proposed settlement in a federal lawsuit over the county's bail system, which had been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg had previously supported the lawsuit, calling...

Trump asks appeals court to reconsider Twitter-blocking case

Aug. 23, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't given up his fight to block critics from his Twitter feed. Justice Department lawyers Friday asked the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to decide whether a three-judge appeals panel erred in ruling he could not. They said the case has...

UN expert: No peace in Myanmar if no military prosecutions

Aug. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There will be no long-term peace in Myanamar and no return of Rohingya refugees unless there is accountability for the "brutality" of the Asian country's military forces, a member of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said Friday. Radhika Coomaraswamy,...