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February 01, 2019 - 8:21 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's High Court refused on Friday to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations. The ruling was seen as a blow to the fledgling LGBT movement in the semiautonomous Chinese...
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In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, spectators cool themselves down with a water mist fan during play on day one at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Australia has sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continues with wildfires razing the drought-parched south while expanses of the tropical north are flooded. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the record heat during January as parts of the northern hemisphere have had record cold. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
February 01, 2019 - 2:40 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday...
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FILE - In t his Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, soft drinks are displayed for sale at a market in San Francisco. A federal appeals court has blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in a unanimous ruling Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, that the law violates constitutionally-protected commercial speech. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
January 31, 2019 - 7:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked for a second time a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance. The law violates constitutionally...
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, left, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio exchange pens after doing a ceremonial signing of an agreement about New York City's public housing system, the nation's largest, in New York, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 31, 2019 - 6:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and U.S. housing officials announced a deal Thursday that will keep the city's massive public housing system out of federal receivership, but require the city to spend $2.2 billion over the next few years fixing chronic problems with lousy living conditions, lead paint...
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January 31, 2019 - 7:06 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Cabify say they will stop operating in Barcelona after the regional government in northeastern Spain passed tighter regulations. Uber says in a statement Thursday that the law requiring users of the ride-hailing apps to contract services 15...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, then-Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate in Atlanta. Abrams is an unusual and historic choice to deliver the opposition response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union, but Democratic leaders are signaling their emphasis on black women and on changing states like Georgia. Abrams will be the first black woman to deliver an opposition response. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
January 30, 2019 - 10:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams will be doing more than rebutting President Donald Trump next week. As the first black woman to deliver a Democratic response to a State of the Union address, she'll represent what many in the party see as their political future. In picking Abrams, the Georgian who...
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National security adviser John Bolton, left, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, second from left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from right, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, to announce a temporary deal to open the government. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 30, 2019 - 6:51 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is going to Miami on Friday to meet with people who have fled Venezuela, as the Trump administration continues to challenge Nicolas Maduro's claim to the presidency. A...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo John Dougherty, right, makes some brief comments to the media, in Philadelphia. The powerful union boss who has held a tight grip on construction jobs and politics in the Philadelphia region and beyond has been indicted in an FBI probe along with a city councilman and at least six others. Federal prosecutors say Dougherty used union funds as "his own personal bank account." Dougherty leads the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, along with the city's Building Trades Council. He has been at the helm of the century-old electricians union for 25 years. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
January 30, 2019 - 5:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful union boss with a tight grip on construction jobs in the Philadelphia region and outsized influence in city and state politics has been indicted in alleged schemes to embezzle more than $600,000 and have a councilman on the union payroll do his bidding at City Hall...
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. Garcetti will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, slightly winnowing a field that is still likely to be large and unwieldy for a party desperate to oust President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 30, 2019 - 12:13 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won't seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, saying he wants to finish his job at City Hall. Garcetti told reporters Tuesday that L.A. "is where I want to be." He had been flirting with entering the presidential race for months. But...
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. Garcetti will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, slightly winnowing a field that is still likely to be large and unwieldy for a party desperate to oust President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 29, 2019 - 11:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, slightly winnowing a field that is still likely to be large and unwieldy for a party desperate to oust President Donald Trump. "I have decided not to throw my hat into the ring to run...
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