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December 20, 2018 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general (all times local): 12 p.m. The incoming Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he is "not personally" concerned with a memo written by attorney general nominee William Barr that criticized...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, migrants are detained at Abosetta base in Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations says interviews of migrants who passed through Libya show that the “overwhelming majority” of women and older girls reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said a new report issued Thursday, Dec. 20, 2019 along with the U.N. support mission in Libya turned up “unimaginable horrors” among migrants who seek to reach Europe through the largely lawless country. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, file)
December 20, 2018 - 8:59 am
GENEVA (AP) — The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of...
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Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Supreme Court, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in New York. Judge James Burke will decide on the future of his sexual assault case, which has been clouded by allegations that police acted improperly in the investigation that led to his arrest. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
December 20, 2018 - 7:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein Thursday, rejecting the latest push from the disgraced film producer's lawyers to have his indictment thrown out. Judge James Burke's ruling buoyed a prosecution that has appeared on rocky ground in...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, photo, two layers of barbed wire fencing ring the "Hotan City apparel employment training base" where Hetian Taida has a factory in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 20, 2018 - 3:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government lashed out Thursday at recent U.S. media reports about forced labor of mostly ethnic Muslim detainees in China's far western Xinjiang region. The stories are "a malicious attack that severely distorts the fact," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at...
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December 20, 2018 - 1:37 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 has appeared in court amid high security, as preparations begin for his trial, which is due to start next month. Mehdi Nemmouche is charged with "terrorist murder" for gunning down the four with a...
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This Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 photo shows chickens under observation at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Researchers are tracking chicken traits like weight, growth rate and meat quality they hope will be useful to the poultry industry. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)
December 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening? To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical fitness...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2008, file photo, Juelz Santana arrives at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
December 19, 2018 - 8:03 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to get a loaded gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty...
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, talks with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, before they participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, on prison reform legislation. A criminal justice bill passed in the Senate gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two years. The reforms could offer a path to freedom for...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, right, speaks during a media conference in Brussels. The U.N. General Assembly has endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. Guterres welcomed the resolution's adoption, saying the compact provides a platform for international cooperation that points the way "toward humane and sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants themselves." (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
December 19, 2018 - 6:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. The Global Compact for Migration, the first international document dealing with the issue, is not...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Honduran asylum seekers enter the U.S. at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. A federal judge has blocked restrictive Trump administration policies that prevented some immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
December 19, 2018 - 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that then-Attorney...
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