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Women's sex toy company sues NYC subway for rejecting ads

Jun. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A women's sex toy company on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for refusing to run their advertisements on the subways. Brooklyn-based Dame Products claims the MTA violated its First Amendment rights and engaged in sex discrimination by turning down...

Texas governor OKs budget with $1M gun storage safety effort

Jun. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a spending bill that includes a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage. The Republican signed a $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. It includes money for the Texas Department of Public Safety to promote...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

Jun. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace culture. The measures approved Thursday now head to the Senate. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports an...

Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations

Jun. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal watchdog agency recommended her removal for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Trump tells Fox & Friends that he was briefed on the Office of...

US extradition case against Assange set for next year

Jun. 14, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a U.S. extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information. The judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday set a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25,...

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

Jun. 14, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office of Special...

Facebook's Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

Jun. 13, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered...

Dallas to pay $650K to settle lawsuit over 2016 sex expo ban

Jun. 13, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas will pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a sex exposition after the city banned it from hosting an event at a city-owned convention center. The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved the settlement with Three Expo Events, which has held the Exxxotica event in various U.S....

Federal court hears arguments in pipeline protest bill suit

Jun. 13, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union appeared before a federal judge to argue their positions on a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations. The ACLU is suing Gov. Kristi Noem and others saying the new law — which was...

A look at where Wisconsin's lame-duck laws, challenges stand

Jun. 12, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws that Republicans passed during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The actions in Wisconsin mirror Republican moves after losing...