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Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of...

 

Trump has no plans to block scheduled release of JFK records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "Subject to the receipt of further...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts congresswoman's actions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief of staff distorted the facts when he accused a "selfish" Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson of grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two slain FBI agents in 2015. John Kelly...

 

Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion...

 

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren...

 

UNO to host lecture on August white supremacist violence

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two months after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a protest attended largely by white supremacists, a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will attempt to look at what happened. The 2017 Rabbi...

 

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to...

 

White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Counter demonstrators greatly outnumbered white nationalist Richard Spencer's supporters on Thursday at the University of Florida, their chants drowning Spencer out during his speech. Outside, hundreds more people...

 

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care...

 

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity. The comments,...

 

MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the...

 

Lawsuit challenges DeVos' guidance on campus sexual assault

BOSTON (AP) — A national women's rights group and three Massachusetts women filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Education Department's new guidance on investigating campus sexual assaults. The Los Angeles-based Equal Means Equal and the...

 

Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll

ATLANTA (AP) — The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority...

 

White nationalist undeterred by boos on latest college stop

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The hostile audience drowned out white nationalist Richard Spencer with anti-Nazi chants. They booed him off the stage under the watchful eye of police officers in riot gear. In other words, Spencer sees his speech Thursday...

 

Mother, son charged with murder-for-hire face civil suit

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire mother and son accused of a failed murder-for-hire plot involving the man's ex-wife also face a civil lawsuit in addition to criminal charges. Pauline Chase, 83, and Maurice Temple, 63, were charged in July with...

 

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. The food makers say that once they open their doors for business,...

 

3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man who fired a shot at anti-Nazi protesters following a speech at the University of Florida by a white nationalist has been charged with attempted murder, police in Gainesville said Friday. Two men who allegedly urged...

 

More bison to join American Indian herd in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Ten more buffalo are set to join a nascent herd on the starkly beautiful landscape of a Wyoming American Indian reservation, a project significant to tribal members who went over a century without living with the animals dear...

 

94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, UN health agency says

GENEVA (AP) — An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday. The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health...

 

Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law. The Victorian Legislation Assembly passed a euthanasia bill by 47...

 

Manhunt underway for gunman in Maryland office park shooting

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers, authorities said. Three of them wer...

 

Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal,...

 

The Latest: Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is refusing to pledge that he won't seek to jail journalists for doing...

 

Poll: Big partisan gap in views on gender equality in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Does the United States still have hard work ahead of it in enabling women to attain equality with men? The answer, according to a new large-scale survey, may depend on whether it's coming from a Democrat or a Republican. The...

 

Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant teen

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government to allow a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant, who was detained after entering the country illegally, to undergo an abortion. After a brief hearing that included a testy exchange...

 

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