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April 04, 2019 - 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act includes a...
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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Before student loans, people who couldn’t afford to go to college usually didn’t. Even though tuition was cheaper, it was still cost-prohibitive for many, who turned to solutions such as working through school, getting help from their parents or finding scholarships. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 04, 2019 - 11:38 am
College tuition was less than what today's students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago's Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s. Tuition at what is now Wilbur Wright College was $24 per credit hour, Caron Knopoff says. To cover this cost, the couple, who were dating at...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, a guard tower stands above the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C. The Democrats running for the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of them has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation’s criminal justice system. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)
April 04, 2019 - 10:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation's criminal justice system. Although the Democratic...
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April 04, 2019 - 10:15 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested 15 demonstrators who were trying to prevent the removal of wooden crosses from a wooded area near the capital of Minsk where tens of thousands of people were executed under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The Kurapaty woods have strong...
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April 04, 2019 - 10:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving the job at month's end. An agency spokeswoman says Thomas Brandon will retire on April 30. He's the ATF's deputy director but has been leading the bureau since 2015. Under Brandon's leadership,...
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Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter, left, and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield hold a press conference at Parliament House, in Canberra, Wednesday, April 4, 2019. Australia's Parliament passed legislation that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 3:24 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Emmert says a judge’s recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, April 3, at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men’s basketball Final Four, making his first public comments since last month’s decision. Judge Claudia Wilken ruled the NCAA did violate antitrust laws and cannot prohibit schools from providing more benefits to athletes as long as they are tethered to education. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 04, 2019 - 3:06 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge's recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men's basketball...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Patrick Murphy. Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of Murphy who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Wednesday, April 3, 2019, effective immediately it will only permit security staff into the death chamber because of the high court's ruling staying the execution of Murphy, a member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
April 04, 2019 - 1:42 am
DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey departs from district court after arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery in Nantucket, Mass. On Thursday, April 4, 2019, a judge at Nantucket District Court will consider motions filed by lawyers for Spacey, charged with groping an 18-year-old man on Nantucket in 2016. The Oscar-winning actor will not be present for the hearing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 04, 2019 - 1:09 am
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A judge will consider motions filed by lawyers for Kevin Spacey, who's charged with groping an 18-year-old man on Nantucket in 2016. The Oscar-winning former "House of Cards" actor won't be present for Thursday's hearing at Nantucket District Court. Spacey's attorneys have...
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This Monday, April 1, 2019 photo, shows an aerial view of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. The San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Hillsborough is suing the owner of the house, saying that she installed dangerous steps, dinosaurs and other Flintstone-era figurines without necessary permits. The owner and her attorney say they will fight for the rights of property owners and Fred and Barney fans everywhere. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
April 04, 2019 - 1:08 am
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant "Yabba Dabba Do" sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between...
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