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By The Associated Press | Updated - May 19th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - May 18th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it doesn't want war but will defend itself against Iran if it has to, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted twice in recent days amid high tensions in the Persian Gulf. And U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iranian leaders Sunday saying Iran will face destruction if it seeks a fight. His comment came after a rocket hit near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Iranian officials, meanwhile, said their country isn't looking for war.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in Alabama's major cities to protest against the state's new abortion ban, the stricts in the nation. The group chanted "My body, my choice!" and "vote them out!" as they marched Sunday evening. Opponents say they will raise court challenges, seeking to block the law that is to take effect in six months.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A gang of gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil's northern Pará state, and authorities say 11 people were killed. The state security agency confirmed only that six women and five men died in the Sunday incident in the Guamá neighborhood of the Pará state capital, Belem. The G1 news website says police report that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. The news outlet says the attackers arrived at the bar on one motorcycle and in three cars.

NEW YORK (AP) — Social equity has helped pass, and thwart, legislation legalizing marijuana in some states this year. New York and New Jersey are among the states that appeared to be on the verge of passing legislation earlier that is now stalling. Legal pot advocates say social justice is an important part of the legislation that other states have overlooked.

UNDATED (AP) — Residential senior care homes are treating workers as indentured servants - and profiting handsomely. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor immigrants effectively earning $2 to $3.50 an hour to work around the clock. The federal hourly minimum wage is $7.25.

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