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Court: Cincinnati billboard tax violates First Amendment

Sep. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tax levied by the city of Cincinnati on billboard companies in an effort to close a budget shortfall is an unconstitutional of First Amendment rights to free speech, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, writing the...

Court rejects lawsuit against NSA on "state secrets" grounds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international email and phone communications. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court...

Judge tosses Little Rock police chief's suit against union

Sep. 15, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Little Rock police chief's lawsuit against the local police union and several current and former officers that accused them of conspiring to force him out of his job. U.S. District Judge Jay Moody...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Sep. 15, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 8, 2021. Editorial: Consider COVID tests part of your duty to others Minnesota has prioritized no-cost, convenient options, and regular testing is key to controlling spread. Those who enjoyed...

Egyptian activist stands trial after 19-month detention

Sep. 14, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of an Egyptian activist and researcher who has been imprisoned for over a year and a half began Tuesday, his lawyers said. His case has drawn significant international attention, particularly in Italy, where he studied, and has become a high-profile example of the...

'Right to work' group sues to strike down Clean Campaign Act

Sep. 13, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana group advocating for “right to work” policies sued on Monday to strike down the state's Clean Campaign Act, arguing it contains a provision that violates political speech protections. Montana Citizens for Right to Work filed the...

Lawsuit aims to end secrecy over ethics complaints in SC

Sep. 11, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court is asking a judge to overturn a requirement in South Carolina ethics laws that makes it illegal for anyone who files a complaint against a public official from talking about it unless the complaint is found valid. ...

Gov vetoes North Carolina bill limiting K-12 racial teaching

Sep. 10, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills on Friday that would have limited how public school teachers can discuss certain racial concepts and raised penalties on those who engage in violent protests. The vetoed education bill was...

Arizona sells Unilever bonds over Ben & Jerry's Israel move

Sep. 10, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has sold off $93 million in Unilever bonds and plans to sell the remaining $50 million it has invested in the global consumer products company over subsidiary Ben & Jerry's decision to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, the latest in a...

Newsom campaign theme: Don't let California become Texas

Sep. 10, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the closing days of the recall effort that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, his campaign has found a familiar foil that's as big as Texas. In fact, it is Texas. New Texas laws banning most abortions and restricting ways to vote ...