Government and politics

Trader Gregory Rowe works at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 12, 2018 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks couldn't hang on to a big gain Wednesday, but they still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. That helped reverse some of the market's big losses from the week before. Stocks initially rallied after the Wall Street Journal reported that...
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December 12, 2018 - 3:53 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — White police officers in a Washington, D.C., suburb have used racist slurs, circulated text messages expressing a desire to "reinstitute lynching" and put a black face and Afro wig on a training dummy, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Civil rights groups sued...
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File - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows a women's area at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The federal facility, operated under contract by The GEO Group, is used to house people detained on immigration and other violations. A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 12, 2018 - 3:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, but she said the...
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This Nov. 20, 2018 photo shows a scrolling video board with basketball scores reflected in the ceiling of the new sports book at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Figures released on Dec 12, 2018 show New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion mark, with about $928 million having been wagered in less than six months of operation. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
December 12, 2018 - 3:23 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation. Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330...
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Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshagh Al-Habib listens during a Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 12, 2018 - 2:40 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local): 2:10 p.m. France's U.N. ambassador says a long-term strategy in the Middle East cannot rest on "exerting pressures and sanctions" on Iran but must include "a firm...
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Martin Griffith, Special Envoy for Yemen of the U.N. Secretary General, attends a press conference at Johannesberg Palace, north of Stockholm on Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Yemen's warring parties are meeting for a fifth day of talks in Sweden aimed at halting the country's catastrophic 4-year-old war. (Stina Stjernkvist/TT via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 1:19 pm
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day. The document consists of a set of proposals, including one for...
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December 12, 2018 - 11:56 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Wednesday that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice. Ramush Haradinaj, himself a former commander of the 1998-99 war for independence against Serbia, wrote on Facebook that the struggle...
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France's President Emmanuel Macron, center, France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, right, attend a meeting with the representatives of the banking sector at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.11, 2018. Macron met with representatives of the banking sector to discuss responses to bring to the Yellow Vest protesters' claims. The meeting comes one day after he speed up tax relief and to boost the purchasing power of struggling workers and retirees in a national television address. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)
December 12, 2018 - 11:26 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of devastating protests — and now a new attack that's putting the country on renewed terror alert. Striving to show he's responding to "yellow vest" protesters' demands for tax relief, the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello appears for his confirmation hearing in Washington. Nearly 70 former judges, including federal judges and state supreme court justices, sent a letter to Vitiello calling for U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 12, 2018 - 8:41 am
BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained...
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December 12, 2018 - 8:39 am
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is to buy 14 F-16 military jets from Lockheed Martin as it seeks to replace Soviet-era jets. Slovak Defense Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract on Wednesday with Lockheed Martin vice president of international business development Ana Wugofski. The deal...
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