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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Borey Ai pauses outside of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Ai spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he'd turned his life around and he walked out of San Quentin and into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents. In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. The court offered no public explanation for its rejection on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 of Borey Ai's pardon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so...
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President Donald Trump attends a ceremony for the signing of an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. At left is Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and speaking at right is Bob Johnson, founder of BET. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 14, 2018 - 6:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering developers massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. The Trump National Golf Club outside Philadelphia is in one of the nation's nearly 9,000 high-poverty...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his final State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Snyder signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the statewide ballot and vetoed one that would have hamstrung the incoming Democratic attorney general. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:27 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful. To...
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In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., stands in front of the Capitol during a week of orientation for incoming members, in Washington. This year’s midterm election is sending a record 43 Latinos to Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2018 - 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador. A few are ascending to leadership roles, demonstrating the...
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FILE - This May 5, 2011 file photo shows General Motors headquarters in Detroit. The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last Nov. 2018 might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 U.S. factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved. Blue-collar workers will still lose jobs at four U.S...
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People wearing yellow vests demonstrate in Peyrorade, southwestern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for "calm" and "order" ahead of promised new protests by the broad yellow-vest movement after rioting in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 14, 2018 - 3:43 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. The "yellow vest" movement, which began its demonstrations Nov...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2016 file photo, people attend an open house at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., built to replace the one that was demolished where 20 first graders and six educators were shot and killed in on Dec. 14, 2012. The school was evacuated on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 -- the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting -- after a bomb threat to the school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 14, 2018 - 3:11 pm
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day of memorial services and moments of silence to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators. Teachers and students at the school were sent home for the...
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December 14, 2018 - 1:52 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Israeli ambassador to Ukraine has sharply criticized local legislators' move to honor a Ukrainian nationalist leader. Ambassador Joel Lion said on Facebook that he was "shocked' to see the regional legislature in Lviv in western Ukraine declare 2019 "the year of Stepan...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Army commando is being charged with murder in a long-simmering case alleging he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. The Army says that Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is charged with killing the Afghan during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May pauses before answering questions during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. European Union leaders expressed deep doubts Friday that British Prime Minister Theresa May can live up to her side of their Brexit agreement and they vowed to step up preparations for a potentially-catastrophic no-deal scenario. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
December 14, 2018 - 10:55 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:55 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says the withdrawal deal on Brexit cannot be renegotiated and that it's now up to the British Parliament to make the next move. Macron spoke Friday after an EU summit and a one-on-one meeting with...
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