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By The Associated Press | Updated - May 15th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - May 14th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says Alabama has "gone too far" by passing a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. Robertson is a longtime abortion opponent, but on Wednesday, as he hosted "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network, he called the bill "extreme" and noted that it does not have exceptions for rape or incest.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Congress say they want more information on claims by the White House of rising threats in the Middle East. Their demands come with a warning to President Donald Trump about a dangerous escalation of tensions with Iran. The top Democrat on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says Trump has "no business" moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison. Trump has also pardoned Patrick Nolan, a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in Venezuela say representatives of the government and opposition have traveled to Norway for talks on resolving the political crisis in the South American country. Members of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress said Wednesday night that senior members of both sides will be involved in the discussions in Oslo. The National Assembly members spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, which they described as exploratory.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the current legal immigration system should be overhauled. The effort, led by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, focuses on border security and rethinking the current green card system so it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers. Trump plans a speech Thursday throwing his weight behind the latest approach.

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