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Attorney general to appeal hate crime ruling on racist rant

Jun. 09, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's decision that a woman did not commit a hate crime when she directed a profanity-laced rant at a Black family at a restaurant. Christine Longo, who is white, was convicted of misdemeanor...

Venezuela asks Spain to extradite leading opposition figure

May. 25, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela has filed a request to get a prominent opposition activist extradited from Spain to complete the remaining 8 years of a 14-year prison sentence for instigating violence in antigovernment protests and other alleged crimes, The Associated Press learned Tuesday. ...

Arrests in UK over claims antisemitic abuse hurled from cars

May. 16, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police arrested four people on Sunday over videos posted on social media that appeared to show violent antisemitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars driving through London. The footage appears to show several cars adorned with...

In the French language, steps forward and back for women

May. 08, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French...

Buffalo tabs Michigan's Linguist to take over football team

May. 07, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Maurice Linguist was hired as the University at Buffalo’s football coach Friday night, just months after he became Michigan's co-defensive coordinator. Linguist joined Jim Harbaugh's Michigan staff in January as part of an offseason overhaul...

Umatilla tribes release online dictionary of fading language

May. 05, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

MISSION, Ore. (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have released an online dictionary of their language to preserve it and help new learners pick up the dying tongue. The project is a collaboration between the confederated tribes' language...

Philippine diplomat apologizes for profanity toward China

May. 04, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' foreign secretary apologized Tuesday after tweeting an obscene phrase demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea in an outburst that annoyed the Philippine president. Foreign Secretary...

NJ teacher suspended after profane Floyd comments to class

May. 01, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended with pay after profanity-laced comments to students in his class about George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer. A recording aired by WNBC-TV shows Dickinson High School...

Wary Supreme Court weighs student's Snapchat profanity case

Apr. 28, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wary Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether public schools can discipline students for things they say off campus, worrying about overly restricting speech on the one hand and leaving educators powerless to deal with bullying on the other. The...

Student's Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case

Apr. 26, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Brandi Levy was having that kind of day where she just wanted to scream. So she did, in a profanity-laced posting on Snapchat that has, improbably, ended up before the Supreme Court in the most significant case on student speech in more than 50 years. ...