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Spanish police arrest 9 Catalan activists, seize substances

Sep. 23, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested nine activists linked to pro-Catalan independence groups they suspect may have been preparing to commit violent acts, possibly with explosives. A Civil Guard statement said the operation Monday was part of an investigation into the Committees for the...

City argues man cannot sue over gun restrictions

Sep. 23, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to rule individuals have no right to sue the city to overturn gun restrictions. City Attorney Zach Klein argues gun rights activist Gary Witt has no legal grounds to challenge the ordinances because he hasn't been harmed by them....

Florida man charged with making racist threats asks for bond

Sep. 23, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist seeking to run for office in Virginia is asking to be released on bond, saying he is no flight risk. Daniel McMahon was scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Monday before a magistrate judge...

Egypt warns media it's monitoring protest coverage

Sep. 22, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's media authority warned journalists Sunday that it was monitoring coverage to ensure they abide by "professional codes" amid a rare burst of protests against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The warning came hours after the latest small protest was dispersed by police in clouds of tear...

UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

Sep. 22, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans....

Billie Jean King helps open new library named after her

Sep. 21, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach has named its new main library after tennis star and women's rights activist Billie Jean King, who was born and raised in the city. King was at the ceremony Saturday to officially open the Billie Jean King Main Library, a 92,000-square-foot, $42 million building that is...

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

Sep. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. "We showed that we are united and that we, young people,...

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his recent criticism of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she's overwhelmed by the success of Friday's climate protests. But the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement said she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change. Thunberg spoke with The Associated...

Colorado ICE activists target detention center warden's home

Sep. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Colorado protesters demanding the end to immigrant incarceration have targeted the neighborhood of the top official in charge of Aurora's privately run detention center. The Aurora Sentinel reports that two immigrant-rights activist groups Denver Communists and Abolish ICE Denver began...