California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on...

Election day's an alcohol-free holiday for Bolivians

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — There's almost no traffic in the streets. Supermarkets are shuttered. Movies are closed. Pedestrians stroll through open-air markets set up on car-free avenues, then gather to p...

Hong Kongers set to defy police with unauthorized protest

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities are beefing up security ahead of an unauthorized rally by pro-democracy protesters. Water-filled plastic security barriers went up around a rai...

AP Photos: Hong Kongers use masquerade as new protest tactic

HONG KONG (AP) — Winnie the Pooh, Guy Fawkes, Pepe the Frog — these are the new faces of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement. Demonstrators masqueraded Friday night as their f...

Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks and mocked China’s leaders while forming human chains in defiance of a ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering ...

Austin leaders restore ban on homeless street encampments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas' capital city have restored some prohibitions on sitting or sleeping in public amid intense criticism over the handling of local homelessness. ...

Hong Kong protesters don cartoon masks to defy face mask ban

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are donning cartoon character masks as they form a human chain across the semiautonomous Chinese city, in defiance of a government ban on face cover...

The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the pitch for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them. If ...

Cummings provided strength, calm, for urban Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America - but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for his hometown of Baltimore, wh...

Twitter: World leaders' accounts not entirely above policies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says world leaders aren't entirely above its ban on users threatening violence or promoting terrorism on the site. The San Francisco company is clarifyin...

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was...

Mormon church speaks out against LGBT conversion therapy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing a proposed ban on conversion therapy in Utah, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar r...

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential candidate debate

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate Tuesday over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. Here are some key takeaways from the three-hour forum in West...

The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (all times local): 5:21 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will appea...

Business Highlights

___ Solid company earnings power broad rally for US stocks NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks notched solid gains on Wall Street Tuesday as investors welcomed surprisingly good...