National governments

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus," in Berlin. On Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, a federal judge dismissed Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
October 15, 2018 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress' lawyer released. Daniels, whose real...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian American applicants in Harvard's admissions process is heading to trial in Boston's federal court on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Harvard denies any discrimination, saying it considers race as one of many factors when considering applicants. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 15, 2018 - 4:48 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague "personal rating" to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to lawyers on one side of a trial that began Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges...
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FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 file photo, Lam Luong is escorted into Mobile County District Court Judge Charles McKnight's court room at Mobile Government Plaza in Mobile, Ala. Lam Luong, convicted of killing four children by throwing them off a bridge, had his death sentence reduced by a judge Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 to life imprisonment, after tests showed he had an IQ of 51. (Bill Starling/Press-Register via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 3:38 pm
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of killing four children by throwing them off a bridge had his death sentence reduced by a judge Monday to life imprisonment, after tests showed the man had an IQ of 51. The state attorney general's office and defense lawyers jointly asked the judge to...
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October 15, 2018 - 2:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump's tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending. The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit climbed $113...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads a Christian Democratic Union party's leaders meeting at the party's headquarters a day after the Bavarian state elections, in Berlin, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
October 15, 2018 - 8:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to do more to restore Germans' confidence in her unhappy coalition after a battering for both of her governing partners in Bavaria's state election added to tensions in the alliance. Sunday's vote stripped Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria,...
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FILE - This Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, shows the Capitol at sunrise in Washington. Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party’s candidates may not go quietly, but from Arizona to Colorado to Iowa, the GOP’s most powerful players are shifting resources away from vulnerable Republican House candidates deemed too far gone and toward those thought to have a better chance of political survival. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 15, 2018 - 1:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively...
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In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Stormy Nichole Day, left, sits on a sidewalk on Haight Street with Nord (last name not given) and his dog Hobo while interviewed about being homeless in San Francisco. A measure on San Francisco's Nov. 6 ballot would levy an extra tax on hundreds of the city's wealthiest companies to raise $300 million for homelessness and mental health services. It's the latest battle between big business and social services advocates who say that companies such as Amazon, Google and Salesforce can afford to help solve severe inequities caused by business success. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 15, 2018 - 12:23 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable for the city's immense wealth. Some streets are so filthy that officials launched a special "poop...
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Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister and Chairman of the Christian Social Union, CSU, arrives for a statement in the state parliament in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, after his party lost in he Bavarian state election. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
October 14, 2018 - 8:17 pm
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election Sunday, a result that could cause more turbulence within the national government. The Christian Social Union took 37.2 percent of...
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October 14, 2018 - 2:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday agreed to hear the appeal of an American graduate student who is fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. Lara Alqasem has been held in detention since arriving in the country on Oct. 2 with a valid...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2000, file photo shows the exterior of the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, Conn. Guards and inmates at the institution are on the same side of a legal fight against the state over radon. A ruling by federal judge last month will allow 13 inmates to move forward with a lawsuit that alleges the state confined them in inhumane conditions because of high levels of the radioactive gas. A group of 16 former guards and staff member sued in August. (Tom Kabelka/Republican-American via AP, File)
October 14, 2018 - 10:27 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside...
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