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Sanders calls on McConnell to end obstructionism

Aug. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday branded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as an obstructionist for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, bolster election security and raise the federal minimum wage. In a speech to cheering supporters in...

The Latest: Sanders campaigns in McConnell's home state

Aug. 25, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' visit to Kentucky (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has traveled to Mitch McConnell's home state to brand the Senate Republican leader as an obstructionist for blocking...

Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before

Aug. 25, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Liz O'Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her main interests: technology and ethics. Two years later, she found herself facing a moral dilemma. Clarifai was...

Seattle teachers reach tentative contract agreement

Aug. 25, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A tentative contract deal has been reached between Seattle Public Schools and the teachers union. The Seattle Times reports the two sides agreed to a draft of the contract Saturday evening. The teachers union, the Seattle Education Association, announced the action Saturday evening on its...

Ohio AG joins federal argument against LGBTQ protections

Aug. 24, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is joining the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws provide no protection against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ employees The Columbus Dispatch reports Attorney General Dave Yost said Friday he...

Nevada governor urges deal; teachers stop strike planning

Aug. 24, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada teachers union has paused teacher strike preparations in the Clark County School District following a news conference from the state governor. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak urged the school district Friday to reach a deal with its teachers to avoid a strike. Sisolak says the...

Arizona law means local minimum wage hikes may bear a cost

Aug. 24, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A state law taking effect Tuesday could make cities and counties reimburse the state for new costs resulting from a local minimum wage above the statewide rate. The Arizona Republic reports the provisions in a budget law enacted last spring require the heads of state agencies and programs to...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...

Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled. The...

Hong Kong police and protesters clash, ending violence lull

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters threw bricks and gasoline bombs at police, who responded with tear gas, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long anti-government protests on Saturday for the first time in nearly two weeks. Hundreds of black-clad protesters armed with bamboo poles and baseball...