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Young Afghan women barely remember Taliban but fear a return

Aug. 26, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two yellow burqas are on display at a television station in Kabul, bright versions of the blue ghostlike garments some women in the capital still wear. For the young women at Zan TV they are relics, a reminder of a Taliban-ruled past that few of them can recall. Their generation...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's illusory claims of gains from tariffs

Aug. 26, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is painting a false picture of a U.S. economy unaffected by his trade war with China and other countries. He describes a blue-sky world in which rapidly escalating tariffs have no impact on American consumers even as a raft of businesses and economists say...

Israeli court bars nationalist activists from upcoming polls

Aug. 25, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has barred two activists from a hard-line, nationalist party from running in upcoming elections. The court barred Benzi Gopstein, leader of an extremist anti-assimilation group, and Baruch Marzel, a prominent political activist. The court said both men incite racism...

Green energy firm founder gets 22 years in fraud cases

Aug. 25, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The founder of a green energy company who authorities say ran a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison. Troy Wragg, 37, was sentenced last week in federal court to 22 years in prison and ordered to pay $54...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

Aug. 24, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, according to the Supreme Court. It is the fourth time that the 86-year-old justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer over...

DA objects to deal in lawsuit over Houston area bail system

Aug. 23, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The top prosecutor in Texas' most populous county is opposing parts of a proposed settlement in a federal lawsuit over the county's bail system, which had been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg had previously supported the lawsuit, calling...

Trump asks appeals court to reconsider Twitter-blocking case

Aug. 23, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't given up his fight to block critics from his Twitter feed. Justice Department lawyers Friday asked the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to decide whether a three-judge appeals panel erred in ruling he could not. They said the case has...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Appeals court upholds ruling on fees in gay marriage case

Aug. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay $224,000 in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. News outlets report a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati...

Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

Aug. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, saying that videos are a form of speech with constitutional protections under the First Amendment Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian...