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New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

Nov. 17, 2018 10:33 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham - on the same day voters...

Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

Nov. 17, 2018 10:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration." Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN') has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono...

Trump to visit California fire scene as death toll rises

Nov. 17, 2018 10:24 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. Authorities confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are...

Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts

Nov. 17, 2018 10:07 AM EST

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in Pennsylvania and North Carolina illustrate the importance of how...

10 days of post-governor race drama ends with Abrams' speech

Nov. 17, 2018 9:35 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a...

Congo rebels attack, burn homes near UN base in east

Nov. 17, 2018 9:29 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's army spokesman says rebels have burned homes and a car in a neighborhood in the east of the country where U.N. peacekeeping forces have a base. The attack late Friday into Saturday comes days after eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint...

Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

Nov. 17, 2018 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving break in what has turned out to be an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw...

Recount adds to Florida's reputation for bungling elections

Nov. 17, 2018 9:25 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Toepfer came to this spit of sand on the Tampa Bay shore to soak up the sun, drink a beer and maybe do a little fishing — not to talk about elections. But talk he did when asked for his thoughts on whether Florida, as a judge recently put it, is "the laughingstock of...

Climate change protesters block off 5 London bridges

Nov. 17, 2018 9:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called "Extinction Rebellion" encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the...

Trump expects CIA briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

Nov. 17, 2018 9:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump awaited a briefing Saturday from the CIA on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after a U.S. official said American intelligence agencies had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing. The Saudi government has denied that claim....