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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021, file photo, the Montana House of Representatives holds a floor session in the State Capitol in Helena, Mont. The Montana House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, on a bill that seeks to protect free speech on public university campuses in the state, even as university administrators say their campuses already protect free speech. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Campus free speech bill considered by Montana House

Jan. 27, 2021 3:31 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a bill that seeks to protect free speech on public university campuses in the state — even as university administrators say their campuses already protect free speech. Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Hopkins said that...

Judge orders Alaska governor to allow writer at press events

Jan. 25, 2021 9:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of an online political writer who was prevented by Alaska's governor from attending press conferences. Judge Joshua Kindred issued an injunction Friday requiring Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy to invite Jeff Landfield to media briefings, Anchorage...

Wuhan resident Zhu Tao talks about his stockpile of supplies at home in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Zhu, a government critic, took precautions against the virus early and felt vindicated when the outbreak exploded and the city went into lockdown. But now that the situation is back to something close to normal in Wuhan, Zhu finds himself at odds with his neighbors and the government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

Jan. 24, 2021 7:55 PM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — One year after lockdown, Wuhan has long since sprung back to life — but Zhu Tao remains bunkered in his 14th-floor apartment, spending his days doomscrolling through news, playing virtual soccer on his PlayStation and feeling China is teetering on the brink of collapse. He has...

FILE - An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Boston. Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)

Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service

Jan. 21, 2021 9:01 PM EST

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn't dismissing...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces reporters during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. In a letter to Raimondo Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, a First Amendment rights organization with the backing of journalists' organizations is asking her to resume full media briefings and respond to direct questioning from reporters during those briefings. The Democratic governor has held one news conference but has not made herself available for questioning from journalists since she was nominated to serve as commerce secretary in the Joe Biden administration. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

1st Amendment group asks Raimondo to stop avoiding reporters

Jan. 20, 2021 11:16 AM EST

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A First Amendment rights organization with the backing of journalism organizations is asking Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to resume full media briefings and respond to direct questioning from reporters during those briefings. The Democratic governor has not made herself...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 20, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Brunswick News on infrastructure improvements in Georgia's Glynn County: If city and county commissioners really want to impress voters, they would make infrastructure improvements the sole priority for all revenue generated by a proposed new 1 percent...

Facebook bows to Turkish demand to name local representative

Jan. 18, 2021 11:26 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Facebook announced Monday it has begun the process of assigning a legal entity in Turkey to comply with a controversial law governing social media companies. The law, which passed in July, requires social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to maintain representatives in Turkey to...

University withdraws directive muting Kansas student paper

Jan. 15, 2021 1:21 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has walked back a directive instructing the school’s student newspaper editor not to contact any government agency for information while representing the newspaper or “attack” any student, faculty member or staff...

UCF intends to fire professor whose tweets created firestorm

Jan. 14, 2021 9:21 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The University of Central Florida plans to terminate a psychology professor over allegations unrelated to his tweets over the summer that many students described as racist. The investigation found that Charles Negy created a “hostile" classroom environment, deterred students...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 13, 2021 11:30 AM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 Jackson Free Press on a group of Republican lawmakers from Mississippi who joined the unprecedented challenge to President-elect Joe Biden's election win: Mississippi and the nation must hold U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Reps. Trent Kelly, Steven...