Government and politics

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Craig Richard Coley. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, pardoned Coley, a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son nearly four decades ago after modern DNA tests suggested he was probably innocent. Coley, 70, has consistently maintained his innocence since he was arrested the same day 24-year-old Rhonda Wicht and her 4-year-old son, Donald Wicht, were found dead in her Simi Valley apartment on Nov. 11, 1978. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)
November 23, 2017 - 4:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities — in large part because hundreds of police officers from nearby Los Angeles lived there. The city, however, was shaken when residents awoke...
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November 23, 2017 - 4:56 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board is to meet Wednesday to consider 14 state properties for nomination to...
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In this Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 photo, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and current presidential candidate, speaks during his closing campaign rally, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Less than a decade ago, even talk of re-election was enough to get a Honduran president overthrown. Now Hernandez appears likely to win a second term in the Sunday, Nov. 26 election. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
November 23, 2017 - 3:53 pm
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Less than a decade ago, even talk of re-election was enough to get a Honduran president overthrown. Now Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez appears likely to win a second term on Sunday as well as bolstering the strength of his conservative National Party across...
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Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, centre, gestures as he greets the crowd upon arrival at the Zanu PF Headquarters in Harare, Wednesday, Nov, 22, 2017. Mnangagwa has emerged from hiding and returned home ahead of his swearing-in Friday. Crowds have gathered at the ruling party's headquarters for his first public remarks. Mnangagwa will replace Robert Mugabe, who resigned after 37 years in power when the military and ruling party turned on him for firing Mnangagwa and positioning his wife to take power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
November 23, 2017 - 3:48 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is poised to swear in new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday morning, just two and a half weeks after his firing by longtime President Robert Mugabe. The world's oldest head of state resigned this week after the military and ruling party turned on him and tens of...
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November 23, 2017 - 3:41 pm
GREER, S.C. (AP) — One of the South Carolina House's conservative voices is leaving after 10 years. Rep. Tommy Stringer said he has accomplished much of what he wanted since he was first elected in 2008, but decided after some reflection he was ready to leave. Stringer says he considers his biggest...
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Zimbabwe's President in waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa, center-right, speaks to supporters gathered outside the Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Mnangagwa has emerged from hiding and returned home ahead of his swearing-in Friday. Crowds have gathered at the ruling party's headquarters for his first public remarks. Mnangagwa will replace Robert Mugabe, who resigned after 37 years in power when the military and ruling party turned on him for firing Mnangagwa and positioning his wife to take power. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
November 23, 2017 - 3:38 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves. "We are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy," the 75-year-old...
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Zimbabwean military parade during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Zimbabwe on Thursday is making preparations to swear in a new leader after 37 years. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
November 23, 2017 - 3:28 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party assured Robert Mugabe that he wouldn't be prosecuted if he resigned, a party official said Thursday, as the fate of the 93-year-old became clearer and the country prepared to move on. "Prosecuting him was never part of the plan," ZANU-PF chief whip...
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A Zimbabwean soldier stands to attention during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Zimbabwe on Thursday was making preparations to swear in a new leader after 37-years of Robert Mugabe rule. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
November 23, 2017 - 2:56 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A Zimbabwe ruling party official says prosecuting Robert Mugabe was never part of the plan in his removal. Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke tells The Associated Press that party officials assured...
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Pope Francis touches a statue of Mary and Jesus as he celebrates a prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 23, 2017 - 1:41 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led a special prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica for peace in South Sudan and Congo. Earlier this year he said he was studying the possibility of going to South Sudan, the African nation suffering from famine and civil war. But he told faithful Thursday...
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A group of Zimbabwean villagers who for years resisted efforts by the wife of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm are seen during a meeting at the farm in Mazoe, near the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Now that Mugabe has resigned , the farmers say they are able to move around more freely. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
November 23, 2017 - 12:54 pm
MAZOWE, Zimbabwe (AP) — For years, a group of Zimbabwean villagers resisted efforts by the wife of former President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm near the capital, enduring police raids and the demolition of their homes. Now that Mugabe has resigned, the farmers say they are able to move...
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