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Florida judge draws town’s wrath over school violence case

Nov. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EST

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) — Anxieties multiplied quickly across Baker County, a mostly rural community of 28,000 in northern Florida, when news spread that a 15-year-old had planned a massacre at the county’s only high school. "MAKE SURE THE TEACHERS ARE DEAD," he ranted in a notebook. "Then rinse...

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Nov. 16, 2019 1:58 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The...

Bolivia’s crisis turns dangerous as 8 killed in clash

Nov. 16, 2019 12:23 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s political crisis turned deadly again when security forces opened fire on supporters of Evo Morales. Officials said Saturday that at least eight people died and dozens were injured in an incident that threatens the interim government’s efforts to restore...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Nov. 16, 2019 11:08 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semiautonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to end...

Chicago teachers approve contract deal that ended strike

Nov. 16, 2019 8:47 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker. The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members went on strike Oct....

Chinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrest

Nov. 16, 2019 6:26 AM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The mainland Chinese students arriving from Hong Kong huddled with their suitcases, waiting for a bus to take them to temporary accommodation in this city across the border from the protest-wracked territory. “We’ve just escaped,” said one postgraduate student,...

Bolivia: 5 dead in clashes challenging interim government

Nov. 15, 2019 11:38 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore stability. Guadalberto Lara, director...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Buttigieg backed by former Charlottesville, Va., mayor

Nov. 15, 2019 5:33 PM EST

The former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorsed Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign on Friday, citing him as one of the people whose advice he sought ahead of the deadly 2017 clash between white supremacists and counter protesters. Michael Signer, who was the Charlottesville mayor at the time of...