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Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong...

Native American shield returned to New Mexico from France

Nov. 18, 2019 10:35 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a ceremonial Native American shield was returned last week to New Mexico, tribal leaders were there to greet the sacred piece that held a place in their cycle of ceremonies until it vanished from their centuries-old, mesa-top village in the 1970s. Nearly four years ago, the...

Bill to decriminalize sex work in nation’s capital dies

Nov. 18, 2019 6:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would decriminalize sex work in the nation’s capital won’t move forward this year. The Washington Post reports the bill’s death comes after an emotional hearing that lasted 14 hours. Thousands of emails about the bill revealed a deep divide between...

Drug cost legislation gets a push from White House

Nov. 18, 2019 3:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

Nov. 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners. For these predominantly black areas, with incarceration rates among the highest in the nation, the...

Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise

Nov. 15, 2019 8:39 PM EST

It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S. House and Senate leaders said Friday they’ve reached an agreement in principle on merging their two versions of bills against robocalls. The House bill had...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

AP Explains: What’s wrong with hearsay evidence in Congress?

Nov. 15, 2019 12:54 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A leading Republican critique of the House impeachment inquiry is that Democrats are relying on “hearsay” evidence. The word ‘hearsay’ is bandied about in legal circles all the time, and in its simplest form refers to testimony that quotes what another...

Partisan vote in House for Export-Import Bank measure

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House split along party lines Friday to pass a measure renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports. Just 13 Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the measure, a tally that...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...