McCrory lawsuit against feds may shift narrative on LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After weeks of taking a beating from critics over North Carolina's law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, Gov. Pat McCrory adopted a strategy long favored by Southern conservative governors: He went after the federal government.

  • Written by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

AP Explains: Standoff, dying economy drive Venezuelan crisis

 

Venezuela is being wracked by an increasingly belligerent standoff between the government and opposition, while many Venezuelans are becoming fed up with a floundering economy marked by long lines for food and the world's highest inflation. President Nicolas Maduro has declared a state of emergency to let him deal with the economy by decree, but the opposition is vowing to push ahead with its campaign to force a recall referendum seeking his ouster.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Feds give scathing review of California border town's police

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing review Wednesday of a small town's police practices in a big drug and immigrant smuggling corridor on California's border with Mexico, finding a lack of basic controls and oversight of criminal investigations, unstable leadership and other red flags.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press