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Court in Thailand orders popular opposition party dissolved

GRANT PECK

February 21, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.The court also imposed a 10-year ban on the par...

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

MARK SHERMAN

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump's tax and other financial records, aborti...

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

JILL COLVIN, ZEKE MILLER, and MICHAEL TARM

February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Those who got a break from Trump include financier Mic...

The Latest: Klobuchar revisits flub about Mexico’s leader

February 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):7:35 p.m.Amy Klobuchar is trying to make amends for not being able to name Mexico’s president recently -- but she's still making a small mistake.The Minnesota senator was unable to name Mexican President Andres Manuel L...

11 big and not-so-big names granted clemency by Trump

The Associated Press

February 18, 2020

Some were big names who grabbed national headlines while others were lesser known but also faced serious charges and prison. A look at who was granted clemency Tuesday by President Donald Trump and an overview of their criminal cases:PARDONSEdward DeBartolo, Jr. was the owner of the San Francisco 49er...

UK regulators probe Barclays CEO’s link to Jeffrey Epstein

JILL LAWLESS

February 13, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Barclays chief executive Jes Staley said Thursday that he deeply regrets his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, as the bank revealed that British financial regulators are investigating whether Staley had disclosed the full truth about his ties to the convicted sex offender.In a statement ...

Asian shares rise despite worries about virus outbreak

YURI KAGEYAMA

February 11, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments.Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% in morning trading to 23,813.14. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,094.00. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7% to 27,771....

The Latest: Michigan Gov. Whitmer delivers response to Trump

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the president's State of the Union speech (all times local):11:25 p.m.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries, saying her party is focusing o...

Michigan governor to take national stage to rebut Trump

DAVID EGGERT

February 3, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump, elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on a swing state in the Midwest as the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.The 48...

Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

JOE McDONALD

January 27, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its sweeping efforts on Monday to contain a dangerous new virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81.Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced th...

Pete Stark, congressman who reshaped health care, dies at 88

DAISY NGUYEN

January 25, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88.Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death.During his 40-yea...