Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again with the same words: "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." Consent is quite likely to be a central issue in a potential legal case against Weinstein and others accused of sexual assault in the current so-called “reckoning.” (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)
December 16, 2017 - 8:05 am
For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied." Consent is a concept central to law on sexual assault, and will likely be an issue...
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Newly-elected president of the main opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi kisses his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi as former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, right, watches during a function at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalists. (AP Photo/Oinam Anand)
December 16, 2017 - 6:40 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists. Gandhi, who took the mantle from his mother,...
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December 16, 2017 - 5:30 am
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. ---------------- TOP STORIES ---------------- CONGRESS-TAXES — Republicans finally reveal their huge national tax rewrite — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment and how to create lasting change from the scandal roiling Hollywood at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and gender inequities across the industry. A statement Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
December 16, 2017 - 5:21 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, photo, potential buyers browse a cattle auction in Gomoza village in Zimbabwe. Some rural Zimbabweans still hadn't heard the news of Robert Mugabe's dramatic resignation last month, and that lack of infrastructure challenges the new government's efforts at rapid reform. (AP Photo/Farai Mutsaka)
December 16, 2017 - 4:42 am
LUPANE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe's far-flung residents that they have a new president despite last month's dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. "Don't be silly, no one has that kind of power to remove Mugabe. He will die in office, that one," said...
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December 16, 2017 - 3:31 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review. Federal mining regulators indicated Thursday that they are reconsidering rules meant to protect...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017 file photo South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a selfie at the end of the ANC's policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the African National Congress meets this weekend to choose a successor to scandal-ridden President Jacob Zuma, the race between his deputy and ex-wife, Dlamini-Zuma threatens to split Nelson Mandela's legacy. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe. File)
December 16, 2017 - 3:02 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The race to lead South Africa's scandal-weakened ruling party, and likely the country, has put the future of the African National Congress in question. The rift between the top candidates is so pronounced that some observers warn the party of Nelson Mandela could split in two...
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FILE - This March 1, 2017, file photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A former Uber security specialist fired earlier this year made the explosive allegations in a 37-page letter seeking a big payoff for being forced out. The letter was unsealed Friday, Dec. 15, by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 16, 2017 - 1:34 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those...
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In this Aug. 18, 2017, a Pakistani boy, center, who said he was raped by a religious cleric, stands before villagers in Vehari, Pakistan. Naeema Kishwar, a federal lawmaker, said that laws exist to tackle sexual abuse of minors, not only in madrassas but in public schools, at home and among the army of child workers who are employed in homes as domestic workers and in factories. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
December 16, 2017 - 1:24 am
It began with sweets and pocket money when he was 10 years old — special attention from the religious cleric who ran the Pakistani madrassa, or Islamic school, the boy attended. And it escalated to rape and months of sexual abuse, the now 28-year-old young man says. "I feel rage now when I think...
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December 16, 2017 - 12:48 am
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say a trooper has shot and killed a man during a traffic stop. Spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz says in a news release that a trooper tried to perform a traffic stop Friday afternoon in Wilmington and was dragged by the suspect's vehicle. The trooper then...
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