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NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

Mar. 18, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his...

Police officer suspended amid white nationalist affiliation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer has been removed as a school resource officer and suspended from the police department amid allegations that he's a member of a white nationalist group. The Chesterfield County Police Department said Monday that he was suspended pending a recommendation...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...

Driver gets 5 years for shooting at white nationalist speech

Mar. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to five years in prison for serving as the getaway driver for a man convicted of shooting at an anti-white-supremacist protester. The Gainesville Sun reports 30-year-old Colton Fears was sentenced Monday. He had pleaded guilty in August to a reduced...

New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terror

Mar. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of terror...

Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple

Mar. 18, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple. The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young, who...

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable. During a...

Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

Mar. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled discriminated...

Rights activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia's Chechnya

Mar. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug...

The Latest: Court weighs proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court weighing whether to resurrect a Kansas proof-of-citizenship voting law (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether Kansas should be allowed to resurrect a law that required people to submit proof of citizenship...