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Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 1:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In a sign of a fresh escalation for the movement, protests...

Massachusetts Senate to debate plastic bag ban at stores

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is preparing to debate a bill to create a statewide ban on all carry-out plastic bags at checkout from retail stores. The bill would require retailers to charge at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag. Five cents would go to the city or town for enforcement of the...

WV lawmakers return for session, wait on gov for guidance

Nov. 18, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are set to convene for another special session after legislators say the governor sprung a series of bills on them with little warning. The House of Delegates and the Senate are scheduled to gavel in Monday to take up measures dealing with tourism tax...

Box to leave a baby available near Indiana-Michigan border

Nov. 18, 2019 11:33 AM EST

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A fire station in northeastern Indiana is the latest place for parents to safely drop off a newborn child. A Safe Haven Baby Box was unveiled Monday in Angola. The fire station is just minutes from the Michigan border, which was a factor in the location. Before leaving office, Michigan...

Walz calls for public hearings to break insulin impasse

Nov. 18, 2019 11:22 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the past month toward reconciling the differences between competing...

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...

A history of capital punishment in South Dakota

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Wild Bill Hickok died holding a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights — the dead man's hand. He was shot by Jack McCall, whose death later marked South Dakota's first recorded execution. McCall was hanged for the killing in Yankton on March 1, 1877. The ultimate...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 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...