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Hong Kong's divide: 1 protest for democracy, 1 for China

Aug. 17, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide in the...

The Latest: Dueling protests in Hong Kong highlight divide

Aug. 17, 2019 5:34 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Dueling demonstrations on both sides of Hong Kong's famous harbor are highlighting the political divide in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. Pro-democracy activists marched through a district in Kowloon on Saturday, while...

AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland

Aug. 17, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The liberal city of Portland, Oregon, is again expected to be a flashpoint because of a right-wing rally planned Saturday. The out-of-town groups will likely be met by anti-fascist protesters, and the police will be out in force. The city has seen violent protests before. Here is a...

Guardians of the grates: Who tends to SC storm drains?

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A volunteer program where Charleston residents maintain clog-prone city drains has brought in a few dozen members since 2017, including members of the mayor's family, a College of Charleston researcher, military veterans and a doctor. These guardians of the grates pluck leaves,...

Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward

Aug. 16, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge will allow Tucson voters to decide whether their town should become Arizona's first "sanctuary city." Pima County Superior Court judge Douglas Metcalf on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from a November election. The Arizona Daily Star reports three...

Arrests precede major demonstrations in Portland, Oregon

Aug. 16, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities arrested the leader of a right-wing group on the eve of a rally that's expected to draw people from around the U.S. to Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, prompting Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson to urge his followers to "show up one hundred-fold" in response. Self-described...

NY mayor: Firefighter worked in pain before heart attack

Aug. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

MONROE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York mayor told mourners that a firefighter who died of a heart attack after a 24-hour shift kept responding to emergency calls while already feeling pain. The casket of Brian Sullivan arrived on a fire truck for his funeral Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, a town in...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

Aug. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement. Her name...