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A Malaysian national flag is on display outside FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies, in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade issued the ban...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with Juan Cruz Lopez Jr., far right, a youthful offender at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility, in Stockton, Calif. Newsom signed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, that will phase out the state's remaining juvenile prisons, which currently hold about 750 youths, a move that Sen. Nancy Skinner called

Ban on chokeholds among California criminal justice reforms

Oct. 1, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday banned certain chokeholds as he approved several new laws designed to increase oversight of the criminal justice system. But amid...

People wait to ride a revolving swing at the Perry State Fair in New Lexington, Ohio, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, the pandemic has barely been felt. Coronavirus deaths and racial protests _ events that have defined 2020 nationwide _ are mostly just images on TV from a distant America. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar

Oct. 1, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

BUCHTEL, Ohio (AP) — The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. People have been coming to the trough for at least a century, since horses were watered here and coal miners stopped by to wash off the...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign that reads

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

Oct. 1, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to “defund the police” in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020 photo, a protester carries a Proud Boys banner, symbol of a right-wing group, while other members start to unfurl a large U.S. flag in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. President Donald Trump didn't condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer. Instead, he said the violence is a “left-wing

Trump Proud Boys remark echoes Charlottesville

Oct. 1, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to walk back his refusal to outright condemn a far right fascist group during his debate with Democrat Joe Biden, but the inflammatory moment was far from the first time the president has failed to denounce white supremacists or has advanced...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

Oct. 1, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden kept up their debate-stage sniping from the road and the rails, fighting for working-class voters in the Midwest while both parties — and the debate commission, too — sought to deal with the most chaotic presidential faceoff in...

Keith Valentine, a 37-year-old Las Vegas Democrat who said he turned off the debate after 10 minutes, poses in front of his apartment Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Valentine, who was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the Democratic primary, said he is reluctantly voting for Biden, describing the election as

'I was sad. It was sad': Voters bemoan nasty debate

Oct. 1, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden debated. Americans cringed. After the presidential candidates put on one of the noisiest, most chaotic debates in recent memory, voters across the country struggled for words – printable words – to describe the display. Many went first to...

Pakistani activists take part in an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Pakistanis held rallies across the country. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, it is celebrated around the world on March 8. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

25 years after UN women's meeting, equality remains distant

Oct. 1, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth's population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn't happened yet. And it won't anytime soon. In today's more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

Sep. 30, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order...