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The Latest: Ex-Florida candidate Gillum accepts ethics fine

Apr. 24, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the ethics case against Andrew Gillum (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting a gift from a lobbyist. The state Ethics Commission...

2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...

EU ambassador: Trump Cuba policy worries European companies

Apr. 24, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration's crackdown on business with Cuba's communist government is causing unprecedented concern among European companies on the island, according to the European Union's ambassador. "There's enormous worry," Ambassador Alberto Navarro told The Associated Press. "There are...

Scottish leader aims to hold new independence vote by 2021

Apr. 24, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland should hold a new referendum on independence from the U.K. by 2021 if Britain leaves the European Union, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Wednesday, even as she acknowledged that she lacks the power to make that happen on her own. Scots voted against independence 55% to 45% in a...

Japan apologizes to forcibly sterilized people, vows redress

Apr. 24, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of people who were forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law which was designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants," and promised to pay them compensation. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga...

Another Pennsylvania diocese opens victim compensation fund

Apr. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has become Pennsylvania's seventh diocese to open a victims' compensation fund since a landmark grand jury report accusing senior church officials of systematically covering up the sexual abuse of children. The diocese's program began Tuesday...

White presidential hopefuls face 'woke litmus test' on race

Apr. 24, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had...

Rehab patients' unpaid work for big companies likely illegal

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in violation of federal labor law. The Cenikor Foundation has dispatched tens of thousands of patients to work without pay at more than...

House Democrats wrestle with White House over investigations

Apr. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...