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May 19, 2019

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.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump is imploring anti-abortion activists to stay united for the 2020 election. Trump says gains by anti-abortion activists will “rapidly disappear” if, as he put it in a tweet, “we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one.” Disagreement among Republicans is becoming apparent over Alabama’s law, which forbids abortion in almost all circumstances, even in cases of rape and incest.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier strike group ordered to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged, unspecified threat from Iran. The Navy said Sunday the exercises and training were conducted with the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps, highlighting U.S. “lethality and agility to respond to threat,” as well as to deter conflict and preserve U.S. strategic interests.

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — The decisive World War II invasion known as D-Day took a horrific toll on the small Virginia town of Bedford, which only had a population of about 4,000 at the time. Its D-Day losses were among the steepest, proportionally, of any community in America. In 1996, Congress designated a plot of land next to Bedford as the site of the National D-Day Memorial, a monument to the more than 4,000 Allied troops who lost their lives in the battle.

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter has never been known as a key player in Democratic Party politics, but he’s re-emerging in the 2020 is presidential race as some candidates go to Plains, Georgia, to seek advice from the 94-year-old former president. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Carter’s 1976 campaign after the Watergate scandal drove Richard Nixon from the Oval Office is relevant as Democrats take on President Donald Trump. Candidates also say they like hearing Carter’s stories of running as an underdog.

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