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The Latest: San Francisco reporter to get property returned

May. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a San Francisco reporter whose home and office were raided by police (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A San Francisco police attorney said that a reporter whose office and work equipment was seized in a police raid can collect his property although the legal issues...

Freelance reporter wants police to return seized property

May. 21, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco reporter is seeking the return of his property confiscated by police after officers with a sledgehammer raided his home and his office amid an investigation to determine the source of a leaked police report into the death of the city's public defender. An attorney for...

Republicans plan to intervene in new union lawsuit

May. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators plan to intervene in a new lawsuit challenging restrictions on public workers' unions. GOP lawmakers passed a law known as Act 10 in 2011 that stripped almost all public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Two chapters of the International Union of...

Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy

May. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly beaten....

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

Judge refuses to toss suit over Pepe the Frog poster sales

May. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday to throw out a...

Warren unveils abortion rights platform following new laws

May. 17, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe...

Ole Miss professor slammed over political tweet gets tenure

May. 16, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi sociology professor criticized for encouraging "acts of aggression" against Republican politicians was granted tenure by a divided College Board on Thursday. Trustees approved the promotion of Professor James Michael Thomas after pulling only his name from...

Activists' lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

May. 16, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff's attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain...

Illinois inmates sue over suspension of prison debate class

May. 16, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Several inmates have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over the suspension of a Stateville Correctional Center debate class. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court contends the inmates' First Amendment rights to free speech were violated with the decision to shut...