National governments

February 20, 2018 - 7:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled Tuesday that the law aimed at preventing age discrimination in the entertainment industry violated the free speech...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino enters federal court in New York. A judge Tuesday, Feb. 20, declared a mistrial at the New York City racketeering trial of Merlino, a notorious Philadelphia mob boss. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 20, 2018 - 6:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A mistrial was declared on Tuesday in the New York City racketeering trial of a notorious Philadelphia mob boss who had insisted he quit his life of crime after a lengthy prison term. Jurors at the trial of Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino told U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan that...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
February 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli...
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February 20, 2018 - 1:03 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an Alabama inmate's veins are in good enough shape that the state can execute him by lethal injection. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre on Tuesday denied Doyle Lee Hamm's request to block his execution this week. Hamm's attorney has argued...
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Homeless people line up in preparation to move from their homeless camp site along a riverbed in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Authorities are being allowed to shut down a large homeless encampment in Southern California and move hundreds of tent-dwellers into motel rooms. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
February 20, 2018 - 12:40 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are being allowed to shut down a large homeless encampment in Southern California and move hundreds of tent-dwellers into motel rooms under an agreement Tuesday between county officials and lawyers who sued to protect tent-dwellers' rights. U.S. District Court...
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February 20, 2018 - 9:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't take up the case of a blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father's academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The court on Tuesday declined to take the case of Raphael Golb, the son of University of Chicago professor Norman Golb...
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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2018 file photo shows a general view of the Gangneung Oval prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. With the looming close of the games this weekend there’s worry here that the Olympics will instead saddle the region with a legacy of massive debt and the perpetual maintenance of a handful of hugely expensive venues that no one knows what to do with. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
February 20, 2018 - 12:54 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its...
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Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, speaks at a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 19, 2018 - 2:47 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months after a nasty fall during practice sent him to a...
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FILE- In this Feb. 3, 2018, file photo, Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, center, surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives. The president of the Maldives has asked Parliament to extend a state of emergency by two weeks as political turmoil continues in the country. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan, File)
February 19, 2018 - 2:15 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The president of the Maldives asked Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power, as political turmoil continued to churn in the Indian Ocean nation. A vote of the 85-member Parliament was postponed pending approval from a...
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In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. A Minnesota law that bars voters from wearing political hats, T-shirts, buttons and other apparel to the polls is about to get a look from the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
February 19, 2018 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the...
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