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Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 2:17 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

The Latest: Klobuchar takes a 'relative' look at gun laws

Feb. 18, 2019 11:36 PM EST

The Latest on the presidential candidates (all times EST): 11:30 p.m. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says that she comes at gun safety legislation from the perspective of: "Would this hurt my Uncle Dick in the deer stand?" Appearing Monday night at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, the 2020 Democratic presidential...

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

Feb. 18, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there,...

Indiana hate crimes bill advances despite conservative foes

Feb. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill aimed at removing Indiana from the list of just five states without a hate crimes law cleared a legislative committee Monday, but not without the continued opposition of conservative groups that have stymied similar proposals for the last several years. The Senate Public Policy...

Lawmakers OK bill on religious leaders reporting child abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A bill that requires religious leaders to report suspected child abuse or neglect is now before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature. The Winchester Star reports both the House and Senate have approved the bill, which requires ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and other...

The Latest: Indiana Senate panel backs hate crimes bill

Feb. 18, 2019 11:39 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on debate over a proposed Indiana hate crimes law (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A proposed Indiana hate crimes law has been endorsed by a state legislative committee. The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-1 on Monday to advance the bill to the full Senate after hearing...

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Satanic Temple accuses Boston City Council of discrimination

Feb. 17, 2019 4:25 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Satanic Temple has filed a discrimination complaint against the Boston City Council after being denied the chance to say the opening prayer at the panel's public meetings. The Salem-based religious group, which has lodged freedom of religion challenges nationwide, says it filed a...

Proposal to repeal Maine vaccine exemptions on to committee

Feb. 17, 2019 10:11 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to repeal religious and philosophical exemptions to school immunization requirements in Maine has been referred to a legislative committee. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono and several co-sponsors was referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural...

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

Feb. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican's decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for "administering justice" for McCarrick's crimes. Cardinal Sean...