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  • By GARY D. ROBERTSON and JONATHAN DREW Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting …

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney said he's "not at all concerned" that a federal judge didn't hand down rulings by the close of business Thursday in two challenges to a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to gay marriage.

  • By RUSSELL CONTRERAS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits challenging a Mississippi gay-marriage law (all times local):

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown 12 gun-control measures as Democratic lawmakers try a last-ditch effort to convince Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to drop a proposed ballot initiative.

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Gun rights advocates, from left, Craig DeLuz, left, Daniel Reid, Roy Griffith and Sam Paredes right, watch a television monitor outside the st…

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Democratic Assemblymen Das Williams, left, of Santa Barbara, and Jim Cooper, of Elk Grove, confer as lawmakers debate a series of gun control …

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Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R- Yucca Valley, left, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, confer as lawmakers debate a ser…

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces new rules that allow transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

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  • By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to ser…

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California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, center and Assemblyman Miguel…

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  • By JIM GOMEZ and TERESA CEROJANO
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse.

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In this photo provided by the News and Information Bureau, Malacanang Palace, new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, second from right, tak…

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  • By Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano The Associated Press
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MANILA, Philippines — Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize…

  • By DAVE COLLINS
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut were more likely to fire their stun guns at minorities than at whites in 2015 and more likely to shock Hispanics multiple times than shock other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the country.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem, Tuesday, …

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FILE - In this April 9, 2016, file photo, hundreds of abortion rights supporters gather at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to protest a…

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.