Social issues

March 11, 2018 - 7:26 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays has taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after communism's collapse. The change is stirring up a range of emotions...
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March 11, 2018 - 5:48 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays has taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after communism's collapse. The change is stirring up a range of emotions...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage delivers the State of the State address to the Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Maine. President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media has spread to state and local officials, who are echoing his use of the term “fake news” as a weapon against unflattering stories and information that can tarnish their images. LePage, the vice chairman of Trump’s now-disbanded voter fraud commission, a New Mexico congressional candidate and the Georgia secretary of state are among the many politicians who have used the term in recent months in response to news reporting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 11, 2018 - 3:30 am
An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her "fake news awards." The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2018 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act in the governor's office at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Soon after Scott signed a school-safety bill that puts new restrictions on guns, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit to block it. Three weeks of pressure from relatives and students slain in the in the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida, school massacre provided momentum for the legislation. The governor says the bill balances individual rights with need for public safety. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
March 10, 2018 - 10:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The political and legal fallout from Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a sweeping gun bill into law following a school massacre was nearly immediate as the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit to stop it and political candidates in both parties criticized it...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2018 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act in the governor's office at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Soon after Scott signed a school-safety bill that puts new restrictions on guns, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit to block it. Three weeks of pressure from relatives and students slain in the in the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida, school massacre provided momentum for the legislation. The governor says the bill balances individual rights with need for public safety. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
March 10, 2018 - 10:53 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gun restrictions signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott are being criticized from both the right and the left. Democrats wanted to see a ban on some types of semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in last month's Parkland shooting. Some Republicans are echoing the...
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CORRECTS ID OF WOMAN TO GENA HOYER INSTEAD OF JENNIFER MONTALTO - Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act in the governor's office at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday, March 9, 2018. Scott is flanked by victims' parents Gena Hoyer, left, Ryan Petty, second from left, Andrew Pollack, right, and his son Hunter Pollack, second from right. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
March 10, 2018 - 10:17 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The political and legal fallout from Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a sweeping gun bill into law following a school massacre was nearly immediate as the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit to stop it and political candidates in both parties criticized it...
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A woman, who declined to give her name, cries after placing flowers at a sign at the Veterans Home of California, the morning after a hostage situation in Yountville, Calif., on Saturday, March 10, 2018. A daylong siege at The Pathway Home ended Friday evening with the discovery of four bodies, including the gunman, identified as Albert Wong, a former Army rifleman who served a year in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
March 10, 2018 - 10:06 pm
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting at a California veterans center (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The former guardian of an ex-soldier who killed three employees at a Northern California veterans program says he always wanted to serve his country and never showed any violent...
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March 10, 2018 - 9:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Activists protesting a prominent donor family's link to the opioid crisis unfurled banners and scattered pill bottles inside New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday. The New York Times reports that the protest started just after 4 p.m. Saturday inside the museum's Sackler...
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In this Friday, March 9, 2018 photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping claps to applaud China's Procurator-General Cao Jianming during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. As China prepares to approve constitutional changes Sunday, March 11, 2018, to allow Xi to rule indefinitely, signs of dissent and satire have been all but completely snuffed out. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
March 10, 2018 - 9:12 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The day China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely as Mao Zedong did a generation ago, Ma Bo was so shaken he couldn't sleep. So Ma, a renowned writer, wrote a social media post urging the party to remember the history of...
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March 10, 2018 - 6:20 pm
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Cornell University student was assaulted by a man who also used racial slurs. The Ithaca Journal reports that the attack happened at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near the Ivy League campus in upstate New York. Police say two other students intervened to try to stop the...
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