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Far-right to vote against Austrian leader in parliament

May. 27, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's far-right Freedom Party plans to back a no-confidence vote against the country's chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, following their coalition break over a video scandal. Freedom Party interim leader Norbert Hofer said his lawmakers will back a motion by the opposition Social Democrats that...

Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn't turn back the clock to 1973

May. 27, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned? Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the...

Bolivian women fight gender-based violence through theater

May. 27, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — On stage, amid the hubbub of a Bolivian street market, women recount their stories of abuse at the hands of men. But the violence depicted in the play isn't just make-believe for the 22 indigenous actresses: It's based on their own real-life experiences. "Kusisita," a work that seeks...

Today in History

May. 27, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 27, the 147th day of 2019. There are 218 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today's Highlight in History: On May 27, 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the...

Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

May. 26, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in...

Rep. John Lewis tells graduates to 'get in trouble'

May. 26, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts on Sunday to "get in trouble" and to build "bridges, not walls." The Georgia Democrat, a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, was the keynote speaker at the school's commencement at the DCU...

Iraqi court sentences 3 French members of IS to death

May. 26, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Baghdad court on Sunday sentenced three French citizens to death for being members of the Islamic State group, an Iraqi judicial official said. They were the first French IS members to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they were transferred for trial from neighboring Syria. The...

City estimates Ohio Klan rally cost $650,000 for security

May. 26, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city is estimating it spent about $650,000 on security for a rally attended by a small group of Ku Klux Klan members and hundreds of protesters. Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein says the city spent about $250,000 on personnel and about $400,000 on materials ahead of...

Israeli president shocked by German skullcap warning

May. 26, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Israel's president said Sunday he is shocked by a German official's comment that he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home. Felix Klein, the government's anti-Semitism commissioner, was quoted Saturday as saying: "I cannot...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

May. 26, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the...