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North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Florida can require licenses for dietary advice, court rules

Jul. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

Florida can limit who gets to give dietary advice, a federal court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a health coach who was fined for practicing without a dietary license. Heather Del Castillo had argued Florida's law violated her First Amendment right to free speech, noting dietary advice is...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

John Paul Stevens emerged as Supreme Court's leading liberal

Jul. 17, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That's how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court's liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection...

Pakistani journalists hold protests to denounce censorship

Jul. 16, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani journalists held nationwide protests Tuesday to denounce rampant censorship by the country's powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages. The rallies, dubbed Day of Protests, were spearheaded by the...

Trump tweets send stinging message to countless Americans

Jul. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should "go back" where they came from, Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. Since then, the daughter of...

NC trial looks at partisan bias after US justices won't

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in the kind of political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for...

UK police urge publishers not to use leaked diplomatic memos

Jul. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police investigation into the leak of confidential diplomatic memos is raising press freedom issues, as police warned Saturday that U.K. media outlets might face a criminal inquiry if leaked documents are published. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is investigating...

Materials used to search journalist's home remain under seal

Jul. 12, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Media advocacy groups are frustrated that materials used to execute search warrants against a San Francisco journalist remain sealed even after the police chief acknowledged the searches were probably illegal. Efforts to unseal warrant materials used to search the home and office of...

Polis becomes 1st Democrat to address conservative summit

Jul. 12, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Jared Polis, who last year became the first openly gay man elected governor of a state in the U.S., made history again Friday by becoming the first Democrat to address a Denver conservative conference. The liberal governor from Boulder was sandwiched between Secretary of Housing and Urban...