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The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...

Thai leader dodges opposition questions over flawed oath

Sep. 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister came under fire Wednesday in parliamentary debate for having omitted a key phrase when taking his oath of office in July, but dodged opposition demands that he explain why he left it out. Prayuth Chan-ocha's failure to include a sentence swearing allegiance to the...

UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

Sep. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament just weeks before the country is set to leave the European Union was neither improper nor illegal. It's the second day of a historic...

Nearly 32 years in prison in fatal ax attack

Sep. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Pine Ridge man to nearly 32 years in prison for randomly killing a man with an ax and setting fire to the mobile home where the victim was sleeping. Judge Jeffrey Viken told 19-year-old Emery Arapahoe in court Tuesday that he has rarely seen the level...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex couples...

New Mexico tribe loses claim to national preserve

Sep. 18, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an effort by a Native American tribe to reclaim Valles Caldera National Preserve. U.S. District Judge James Browning issued a sealed opinion denying Jemez Pueblo's claim that its aboriginal property rights were never extinguished. He found that the...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

Montana to pay lawmaker $75K in ethics complaint lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay House Majority Leader Brad Tschida nearly $75,000 in a lawsuit he filed to strike down a law keeping ethics complaints confidential. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the deal between the Republican legislator and...

Magistrate: Mosque bombing case should not be dismissed

Sep. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending that a judge decline to dismiss charges against an Illinois militia leader who was the alleged ringleader behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Michael Hari's attorneys had argued that four counts against him should be dismissed, saying that...