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Affirmative action proposed for medical marijuana licensing

Jan. 19, 2019 11:28 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Now that Missouri is entering the medical marijuana industry, two Democratic lawmakers from Kansas City want to give businesses owned by women and minorities a slight edge in entering the market. The Kansas City Star reports that the virtually identical proposals by Rep. Barbara...

Multiple women eyeing 2020 hands Dems 'wonderful challenge'

Jan. 19, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. For many activists, that means a Democratic field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...

Laquan McDonald's family laments sentence for white officer

Jan. 19, 2019 10:03 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald getting gunned down as he walked away from police. The graphic images of McDonald crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him...

Exhibit of important papers marks MLK's 90th birthday

Jan. 19, 2019 9:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers on display in Atlanta provides insight into the slain civil rights leader's thought processes as he drafted some of his most well-known speeches and notable sermons. "The Meaning of Hope: The Best of the Morehouse College Martin Luther...

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Jan. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Women's March was returning to Washington on Saturday, bracing for inclement weather, coping with an ideological split and reconfiguring its route due to the government shutdown. The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, drew hundreds of...

Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monks

Jan. 19, 2019 2:44 AM EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others, police said Saturday. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province was the latest in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has...

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Jan. 19, 2019 2:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is still...

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Jan. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is still...

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for Life on the...

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of...