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Affirmative action measure still losing in latest counts

Nov. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly a week after the election, a measure that reinstates the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities was continuing to be narrowly rejected by Washington voters as counties move closer to finishing their vote...

Brexit Party shifts tactics, won't challenge Tories in vote

Nov. 11, 2019 2:24 PM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage changed course Monday, announcing that his party would not challenge Conservative candidates in nearly half of the U.K.'s districts, a tactical move that may make it easier for pro-Brexit forces to prevail in the Dec. 12 election. Farage said his...

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Nov. 10, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month's general...

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Nov. 8, 2019 2:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month's general...

EU court cancels decision against UKIP ally over misspending

Nov. 7, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a victory for Brexit activist Nigel Farage, the EU's top court on Thursday annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of thousands in EU funds. The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe had been asked...

Voters in Virginia county reject Kmart courthouse plan

Nov. 7, 2019 4:18 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Voters in a southwest Virginia county have defeated a proposal that would have relocated their historic courthouse's functions to a vacant Kmart building in a strip mall. The Bristol Herald Courier reports every precinct in Washington County voted against the proposal in a referendum...

Affirmative action referendum losing in Washington state

Nov. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action in the state, a ballot measure seeking to amend that law was losing in early returns. As of Wednesday night, Referendum 88 was being rejected by nearly 52 percent of the state's voters. It was trailing in all but...

Mayors in large North Carolina cities reelected

Nov. 6, 2019 10:43 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters have returned incumbents to mayoral and council positions in some of North Carolina's largest cities. Unofficial results show Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo all won reelection on Tuesday. Lyles and Schewel earned second terms...

Minnesota town approves $34M expansion of crowded schools

Nov. 6, 2019 7:13 AM EST

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington have approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants. Voters in the Worthington-area school district had rejected five similar measures since...

Voters in US states decide on sanctuary city, Airbnb rentals

Nov. 6, 2019 1:04 AM EST

Voters in some states are deciding whether to roll back conservative policies adopted in earlier eras. Ballot measures in Tucson, Arizona and the states of Colorado and Washington gave voters another say on hot-button social issues: immigration, gambling, taxes and affirmative action. Also, in New York and New...