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Tens of thousands flood Hong Kong park for new rally

Aug. 18, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-ready protesters Sunday as they started marching from a packed park in central Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. While recent rallies have been marked by violent clashes with police,...

The Latest: Organizers call for peaceful Hong Kong rally

Aug. 18, 2019 2:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 2:15 p.m. People are streaming into a park in central Hong Kong for what organizers hope will be a peaceful demonstration for democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Organizer Bonnie Leung said Sunday that "today is a...

Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Aug. 18, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from...

Forest aims focus on opportunity, dignity if next governor

Aug. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest intensified his campaign for governor on Saturday, pledging at a rally to pursue a vision for the state that includes economic and educational opportunity, human dignity and social unity if elected next year. Holding a kickoff event geared with both an...

Gun control advocates call for new gun laws at rallies

Aug. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that...

Lawmakers alarmed by Nebraska youth center troubles

Aug. 17, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

GENEVA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers are expressing alarm with conditions at a southeastern Nebraska youth detention center for girls. The concern comes as Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith ordered two buildings closed this week at the Youth Rehabilitation and...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

New Illinois license plates to help fight pediatric cancer

Aug. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' newest specialty license plate will raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday to create the license plate. It will take effect Jan. 1. The measure was passed in honor of Jonny Wade, an 8-year-old who died of cancer, and other...

Fire department suspends lawmaker facing charges

Aug. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Fire Department has suspended a state legislator who was arrested for drunken driving. The department said Friday that Democratic Rep. Dan Forestal has been suspended for 240 duty hours and remanded to an employee assistance program. It says that once he serves the...

Judge disqualifies Norton from seeking election to Senate

Aug. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has disqualified state Rep. Barbara Norton from seeking election to the state Senate. News outlets report District Judge Craig Marcotte ruled Friday that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Norton does not live in the house she claims as her residence. The...