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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators shut down airport highways and key bridges in major US cities

Apr. 15, 2024 21:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pro-Palestinian demonstrators blocked roadways in Illinois, California, New York and the Pacific Northwest on Monday, temporarily shutting down travel into some of the nation's most heavily used airports, onto the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges and on a busy West Coast highway. ...

Georgia lawmakers scuffle over a divisive bill that opponents say mimics Kremlin's repressive law

Apr. 15, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's legislature scuffled on Monday as the parliament debated a divisive new law dubbed the foreign agent bill. Hours later, hundreds of people protested against the legislation outside the parliament in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. ...

Judge awards $23.5 million to undercover St. Louis officer beaten by colleagues during protest

Apr. 15, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge on Monday awarded nearly $23.5 million to a former police officer who was beaten by colleagues while working undercover during a protest. Luther Hall was badly injured in the 2017 attack during one of several protests that followed the acquittal...

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Black Lives Matter activist over Louisiana protest lawsuit

Apr. 15, 2024 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a lawsuit to go forward against a Black Lives Matter activist who led a protest in Louisiana in which a police officer was injured. Civil rights groups and free speech advocates have warned that the suit threatens the right to protest. ...

Today in History: April 15, the Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic, more than 1,500 die

Apr. 15, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today is Monday, April 15, the 106th day of 2024. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an...

Some fear University of Michigan proposed policy on protests could quell free speech efforts

Apr. 13, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

A University of Michigan proposal aimed at deterring disruptions on its Ann Arbor campus after anti-Israel protesters interrupted an honors convocation is sparking backlash from free speech advocates. Violations of the policy, which has yet to be implemented, could result in...

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Apr. 12, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people's search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content. Google...

Belarus convicts a famous dissident rock band and sentences its members to correctional labor

Apr. 12, 2024 16:15 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday convicted a famous dissident rock band, designating the band and its three members as extremist and sentencing them to two years of correctional labor. It was the latest in a yearslong crackdown on dissent that has engulfed this country of...

Several writers decline recognition from PEN America in protest over its Israel-Hamas war stance

Apr. 12, 2024 09:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several authors have turned down awards and awards nominations from PEN America, citing unhappiness with the literary and free expression organization's stance on the war in Gaza. This week, PEN announced its long lists in categories ranging from the $75,000 Jean...

Case heard by NC Supreme Court may affect how partisan officials file voter fraud claims

Apr. 11, 2024 20:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An attorney representing voters accused of fraud in the 2016 election warned North Carolina’s highest court that their eventual decision could allow political operatives to make voter fraud allegations without consequence — but the justices had several questions. ...