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FILE - In this April 15, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during an election stop at the Sioux City Public Museum in Sioux City, Iowa. The campaign of presidential candidate Cory Booker is defending his decision to start a tech company while he was serving as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. A spokeswoman says that Booker “jumped at the chance” to start Waywire in 2012 because he saw it as a socially-conscious video network that could bring people together. But his one-time aspiration to be a tech mogul, and his long ties to the industry, could become a liability for his campaign. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
May 15, 2019 - 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama's vote to restrict abortion in almost all circumstances has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. The state's legislation — the toughest of several anti-abortion measures that have passed recently,...
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FILE- In this April 11, 2019 file photo, Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill imposing one of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions, in Columbus, Ohio. Planned Parenthood and Ohio abortion clinics have sued to prevent the state’s restrictive abortion law from taking effect. The complained filed Wednesday, May 15 in federal court in Columbus says the ban of abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat is unconstitutional and would prohibit nearly all abortions in Ohio. A detectable heartbeat can come as early as five or six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)
May 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The lawsuit is similar to legal fights in...
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People stand in the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital, on Monday May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 14, 2019 - 3:37 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country...
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In this May 2, 2019, photo, Savanah Harshbarger, a medical student at Duke University, poses for a photo on campus in Durham, N.C. Harshbarger estimates she did as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients who were under anesthesia for gynecologic surgeries. Bills introduced in roughly a dozen states this year would require that women undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam beforehand. It’s a step that some medical experts say is an unnecessary intrusion into care. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 12, 2019 - 4:42 pm
Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation. "It's pretty empowering to know this is something...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. Georgia became the fourth state to enact the ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 12, 2019 - 5:34 am
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and...
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Pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, center, scuffles with security guards at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Hong Kong's legislative assembly descended into chaos Saturday as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory's extradition law clashed over access to the chamber. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
May 11, 2019 - 3:35 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's legislative assembly descended into chaos Saturday as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory's extradition law clashed over access to the chamber. At least one lawmaker was taken from the chamber on a gurney after apparently fainting during...
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May 10, 2019 - 1:49 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is preparing to sue Washington state over a new Washington law requiring oil shipped by rail through that state to have more of its volatile gases removed, which supporters say would reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments. North Dakota...
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May 09, 2019 - 4:51 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story May 8 about a school safety bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported that the bill takes effect immediately. While nearly all of the recommendations made by a commission formed after a mass shooting at a Parkland high school took...
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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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May 08, 2019 - 2:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a North Carolina legislator is violating ethics laws by doing legal work for a Duke Energy Corp. gas pipeline project while also pushing legislation the company wants. The group NC WARN filed a complaint...
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