Social issues

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election -- but almost nowhere has democracy taken hold in the Arab world. While the democratic record is dismal, the Middle East is hardly alone in what seems to be a global trend away from liberal democracy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)
March 22, 2018 - 3:04 am
Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region. But the bigger picture is that in the Middle East as a whole, democracy...
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In this March 14, 2018, photo, a California sea lion waits to be released into the Pacific Ocean in Newport, Ore. Two species of fish listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act are facing a growing challenge in Oregon from hungry sea lions. The federally protected California sea lions are traveling into the Columbia River and its tributaries to snack on fragile fish populations. After a decade killing the hungriest sea lions in one area, wildlife officials now want to expand the program. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
March 22, 2018 - 2:39 am
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right...
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March 21, 2018 - 10:37 pm
NBA-SCHEDULE Cavs outscore Raptors UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a huge win as they try to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. LeBron James, Kevin Love and George Hill combined for 80 points and the Cavs ended Toronto's nine-game road winning...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, displaced men from Hawija stand facing a wall in order not to see security officers, who will try to determine if they were associated with the Islamic State group, at a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq. An analysis by the Associated Press of a spreadsheet listing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late January 2018, shows that Iraq has detained or imprisoned more than 19,000 people accused of connections to IS or other terror-related offenses. More than 3,000 people have been sentenced to death. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
March 21, 2018 - 8:42 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty...
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March 21, 2018 - 7:46 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico youth soccer league is investigating a teen soccer game where racial tensions erupted into a chaotic brawl in which a parent is accused of physically assaulting one of the female players. The Duke City Soccer League confirmed Tuesday it's looking into reports...
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FILE - In this 2008 file photo tennis referee Lois Goodman is shown while officiating a CIF tennis tournament, in California. A Los Angeles tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her elderly husband's 2012 death is trying to clear her name. Lois Goodman's attorneys are expected to tell jurors Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in federal court that the Los Angeles coroner's office deprived her civil rights by falsifying an autopsy report. (David Crane /Los Angeles Daily News via AP, File)
March 21, 2018 - 7:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a tennis umpire's lawsuit against a medical examiner who ruled her husband's 2012 death a homicide (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A lawyer for a tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband's 2012 death in Los Angeles says her finances...
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Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 6:30 pm
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March 21, 2018 - 1:36 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 21 The Charleston Gazette on President Donald Trump's plan to tackle the opioid crisis: The Trump administration's latest proposal for tackling the opioid crisis is not devoid of good ideas. It's certainly got more meat on...
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March 21, 2018 - 1:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday struck down the state's decision to issue its first licenses to grow medical marijuana, ruling that the process for awarding the permits and the rankings of applicants were unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted...
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March 21, 2018 - 1:03 pm
FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks rise NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are higher in midday trading on Wall Street. Energy companies are rising along with the price of oil and smaller, more U.S.-focused companies are climbing. Homebuilders are up following a report that sales increased in February. Cereal...
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