Government and politics

People wearing face masks duck down as they walk at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
November 19, 2019 - 9:31 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong Kong is granted a “...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the American Medical Association said it is calling for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarette and vaping devices. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
November 19, 2019 - 8:46 pm
The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the...
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An Army helicopter flies over the road leading to the state-own Senkata filling gas plant in El Alto, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, as supporters of former President Evo Morales set up barricades, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Morales' backers have taken to the streets asking for his return since he resigned on Nov. 10 under pressure from the military after weeks of protests against him over a disputed election he claim to have won. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
November 19, 2019 - 8:04 pm
El ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major Bolivian fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. The public defender...
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In this Nov. 16, 2019, photo, Japanese Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami, who heads Nagasaki's Catholic community of 60,000, the biggest in Japan, speaks in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary that was damaged in the A-bomb attack, at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, southern Japan. Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, ground zero for the Christian experience in a nation where the Catholic leader once dreamed of living as a missionary. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
November 19, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...
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FILE- This file image made from video March 18, 2018, of a mounted camera provided by the Tempe Police Department shows an exterior view moments before an Uber SUV hit a woman in Tempe, Ariz. The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says Uber had an ineffective safety culture when one of its autonomous test vehicles ran down and killed a pedestrian last year in Tempe, Arizona. Robert Sumwalt said at a hearing Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, on the March 2018 crash that Uber didn’t continually monitor its operations and it had de-activated its Volvo SUV’s automatic emergency braking system. Uber’s own system also didn’t have the ability to brake automatically, relying on a human backup driver to do the braking. (Tempe Police Department via AP, File)
November 19, 2019 - 6:56 pm
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned the lack of state and federal regulation for testing autonomous vehicles before finding that a distracted human safety driver was the main cause of a fatal 2018 Arizona crash involving an Uber vehicle. The board criticized the National...
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November 19, 2019 - 4:51 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Corps prosecutors were meeting Tuesday in a scramble to save their numerous cases against Marines accused in a human smuggling and drug investigation after a military judge ruled it was illegal to arrest them during a morning battalion formation where leaders called them “a...
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November 19, 2019 - 4:38 pm
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Keith Gambill, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, of Evansville, Ind., speaks to the thousands of Indiana teachers wearing red as they surrounded the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 for a rally calling for further increasing teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country. Teacher unions says about half of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts are closed while their teachers attend Tuesday's rally while legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
November 19, 2019 - 4:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday to call for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day. The union-organized...
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FILE - This combination of two photos taken from video released on June 21, 2017, by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, shows kidnapped teachers Australian Timothy Weeks, top, and American Kevin King, who were abducted in Afghanistan in August 2016. King and Weeks were released Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, hours after the Afghan government freed three Taliban prisoners and sent them to Qatar. (AL-EMARA Taliban via AP, File)
November 19, 2019 - 2:37 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and Australian...
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A police officer points his gun at residents of Delmas 95 district during a protest to demanding the resignation of Haiti's president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. At least four people were shot and wounded during a small protest in Haiti’s capital after a speech by embattled President Jovenel Moise. A local journalist, a police officer and two protesters were rushed away with apparent bullet wounds. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
November 19, 2019 - 2:12 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre, whose father told The Associated Press that she was hit...
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