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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...

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,...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's...

Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to NH. Voters are confused.

Jun. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Bill Weld jokes about not kissing the back of a child's head because he doesn't want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn't know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs, where "those overalls are working overtime."...

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Jun. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that successful...

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

Center-right coalition wins Madrid, far-left keeps Barcelona

Jun. 15, 2019 6:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A conservative has been sworn in as the new mayor of Madrid in the first major political shift enabled by the far-right's gains in last month's Spanish local and regional elections. The Popular Party's José Luis Martínez-Almeida replaces the far-left administration led by former...

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

Jun. 15, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries....

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign

Jun. 14, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the field...

Judge absolves Bolsonaro attacker because of mental illness

Jun. 14, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge on Friday absolved the man who stabbed then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in his torso last year, citing his mental illness and ordering him held indefinitely in a prison mental facility. Adélio Bispo de Oliveira has been in police custody since Sept. 6...