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Voting rights restored...Immigrants will be needed to grow work force...General says Russia is violating treaty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 1:39 p.m.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials in Georgia's overwhelmingly black Hancock County have agreed to restore voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters they disenfranchised ahead of a racially divided local election. About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls — nearly all of them black — still live in the voting district and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the settlement. Hancock County Board of Elections members maintain that they weren't targeting or trying to intimidate black voters by sending sheriff's deputies to summon people to appear before them and prove they lived in the county. They say they were complying with state law allowing any voter to challenge another's eligibility.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In order for the nation's work force to grow over the next two decades, there will have to be new immigrants to replace retiring Baby Boomers. That's the conclusion of a report from the Pew Research Center. It projects that the U.S. working-age population will grow from 173 million in 2015 to 183 million in 2035. But new immigrants will account for all the growth. Without them, the number of working-age Americans would drop to 166 million. The report comes as President Donald Trump calls for the construction of a border wall to keep Mexicans from crossing into the United States in search of work. He also supports stepped-up deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. without permission.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says none of its female staffers skipped work in support of International Women's Day. Women around the country are marking the day by skipping work, avoiding shopping and attending rallies, including one near the White House. Spokesman Sean Spicer says the administration recognizes the contributions women make to businesses, their families, the economy and society. He says people have the right to express themselves but that women's contributions should be recognized 365 days a year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. general is accusing Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of "the spirit and intent" of a nuclear arms treaty. Gen. Paul Selva told a House panel that it appears Russia is seeking to "pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility." The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he sees no indication that Moscow intends to go back into compliance with a 1987 treaty barring all land-based cruise missiles with a range between 300 and 3,400 miles.

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor wants a state investigation of two of his assistant prosecutors. They are members of a church where former congregants say church officials beat members and derailed criminal investigations. Former members of the Word of Faith church told the Associated Press that prosecutors Frank Webster and Chris Back provided legal advice to their fellow church members. They are also said to have helped at strategy sessions and taken part in a mock trial for four congregants who were charged with harassing a former member.

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