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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, poll watcher Jane Grimes Meneely, right, watches as voters sign in at the Martha O'Bryan Center community building in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

Aug. 11, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 1937, the state of Pennsylvania has had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations and challenge the eligibility of voters. The restrictions are meant to limit the use of “poll monitors” long sent by both parties to look out for voting mishaps but at times...

Jailed Zimbabwean journalist is denied rights, say lawyers

Aug. 11, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for...

Police bust biggest Dutch cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects

Aug. 11, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have dismantled what they describe as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands — hidden at a former horse riding school — and arrested a total of 17 people from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands. Police said in a statement...

Richmond council approves grants to help damaged businesses

Aug. 11, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has approved a $500,000 initiative to assist businesses, nonprofits and other commercial properties damaged during the recent protests against police brutality and racism. The council green-lit the Businesses Recovery Grant Program Monday in a 7-2 vote, the...

Copies of Apple Daily newspaper with front pages featuring Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are displayed for sale at a newsstand in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Hong Kong police have arrested Lai and raided the publisher's headquarters, broadening their enforcement of a new security law and raising fears about press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong residents defend free press as China cracks down

Aug. 11, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Last year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many egged on by a tabloid newspaper critical of China's ruling Communist Party. On Tuesday, they lined up at newsstands across the city to buy that same paper, handing over 10 Hong Kong...

The House works to adopts rules during a special session of the state Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's $1 billion budget hole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP)

Lawmakers adjourn special session, restrict choke holds

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A measure further restricting the use of choke holds by police passed the Oregon Legislature by wide margins Monday night as lawmakers concluded a special session called to fix a billion-dollar budget deficit due to COVID-19. House Bill 4301 prohibits the use of choke holds by police or...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Portland protesters rally as arrest of activist draws ire

Aug. 11, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The arrest during protests in Portland, Oregon, of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago has galvanized local and national Black Lives Matter groups. More demonstrations were planned in...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2007, file photo, Nashville Predators center Jerred Smithson (25) clears the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Anson Carter, center, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Carter played a decade in the NHL and has since become an analyst for NBC Sports, which will launch “Hockey Culture” with him at the center of the show. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Hockey makes progress in midst of awakening about racism

Aug. 11, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

Anson Carter filled his time in pandemic isolation walking 11 miles a day, sometimes with his dogs, around his Atlanta neighborhood. When video surfaced of another Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, being shot and killed in nearby Glynn County, Georgia, Carter found himself looking over his shoulder. To use a hockey term...

Police use truncheons on protesters during a mass protest following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second straight night after official results from weekend elections gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, extending his 26-year rule. A heavy police contingent blocked central squares and avenues, moving quickly to disperse protesters and detained dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President...

In this June 9, 2020, photo, U.S. House District 14 candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with attendees at her watch party on at the Courtyard by Mariott in Rome, Ga. (Olivia Morley/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts to pick GOP House nominees

Aug. 11, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts will pick Republican nominees to Congress on Tuesday, among other races that voters will settle. In northwest Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene faces Rome neurosurgeon John...