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Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

Jul. 13, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Violent clashes broke out after several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous territory. After issuing a warning, police on Saturday moved forward to disperse the crowd of mostly young...

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

Oklahoma judge upholds law banning common abortion procedure

Jul. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled from the...

Swiss prosecutor probes plane maker over Saudi, UAE business

Jul. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's federal prosecutor says it has opened a criminal investigation in connection with a Swiss airplane maker's sale of training aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose militaries are involved in the war in Yemen. The prosecutor's office did not specify any...

Missouri governor signs law pushing back school start date

Jul. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed a bill that will give some Missouri school children an extra week out of school in August next year. The new law pushes back the earliest possible start date for public schools by an extra four days, from the current 10 days before the...

GOP threat ends Kansas governor's food assistance extension

Jul. 11, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican attorney general threatened to file a lawsuit. Kelly...

Proposal would repeal US laws that hurt Native Americans

Jul. 11, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders of Oklahoma-based Native American tribes are praising a proposal to repeal unenforced federal laws that discriminate against Native Americans. Legislation sponsored by members of Congress from Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota would repeal discriminatory policies toward Native...

NY expands pay equity law on day honoring US soccer team

Jul. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state expanded a state law Wednesday that prohibits gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on characteristics including race, religion, disability or gender identity. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law in Manhattan, just...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...