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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, protesters fill the Capitol rotunda in Helena, Mont., during a rally to show support in an attempt to change the Montana Constitution to define life as beginning at conception. Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass into law bills previously vetoed by Democratic governors. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Montana GOP revives vetoed bills, focusing on abortion, guns

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass...

A pedestrian uses a tunnel walkway at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC task force develops plan to address racial equity

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

GREENSBORO, NC. (AP) — The 17 schools in North Carolina's university system have been given a blueprint for fighting discrimination and promoting racial equity on their campuses. The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force unveiled its 65-page final report Wednesday at the Board of Governors meeting, the News...

Tunisian leader denies claims he made anti-Semitic remarks

Jan. 21, 2021 1:17 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian president has denied claims that he made anti-Semitic remarks this week while trying to calm youths after days of unrest. Kais Saied's statement was in response to allegations by the Conference of European Rabbis that he accused Jews of being responsible “for the...

In this screen grab taken from a Zoom meeting provided by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous holds a rifle at his home during a county commissioner meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Michigan. Clous displayed the rifle during the online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing backlash from some local residents. (Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners via AP)

Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism

Jan. 21, 2021 1:07 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing outrage from some local residents. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners,...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 file photo, Russian soldiers block the road on the outskirts of Gori, northwest of the capital Tbilisi, Georgia. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 that Russia was responsible for a swathe of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Europe's court condemns Russia over 2008 war with Georgia

Jan. 21, 2021 12:26 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Europe's top human rights court on Thursday found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory. President Salome Zurabishvili...

Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advancing a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution insisted Thursday that it should go on the state's August 2022 primary ballot, prompting criticism that they fear failure if the statewide vote is held in a different election. The...

Chicago family law attorney charged with more sex crimes

Jan. 21, 2021 11:55 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prominent Chicago family law attorney who was charged last summer with sexually assaulting a colleague has been charged with doing the same thing to two other women, including a client who says he told her that if he didn't have sex with him, she'd lose custody of her children. Prosecutors...

Workers begin to remove a display of flags on the National Mall one day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic education'

Jan. 21, 2021 11:54 AM EST

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s...

Auburn man faces charges in connection with Capitol riot

Jan. 21, 2021 11:32 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Another Alabama man faces federal charges in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Court records show 23-year-old William Wright Watson of Auburn faces charges of civil disorder, being in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon and disorderly...

Confederate statue in Louisiana damaged, nose missing

Jan. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A monument of a Confederate general in Louisiana was damaged, with several holes punctured from its head to jaw and half of its nose taken off and missing. It's not clear when the damage happened on Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton statue in Lafayette. It was first noticed Tuesday night...