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Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

9 Texans sue state AG Paxton for blocking users on Twitter

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Texans have sued state Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming he blocked them on Twitter for criticizing him or his policies in comments responding to his tweets. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Austin, asks a judge to declare...

Appeals court sides with Wisconsin governor on press access

Apr. 09, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, upholding a ruling from a lower court. ...

Israeli university heads defend free speech in prize dispute

Apr. 09, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Presidents of Israeli universities released a joint letter Friday criticizing the government's decision to withhold the country's most prestigious prize from a scholar over his political views, saying it “severely harms free speech and free thought.” ...

UK offers $59 million to help Hong Kong migrants settle down

Apr. 08, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The British government said Thursday it is setting up a 43 million pound ($59 million) fund to help migrants from Hong Kong settle in the country as they escape increasing political repression in the former colony. The offer extends to holders of...

Florida GOP passes bill to assess political bias on campus

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

Public universities in Florida would have to survey, protect and promote political views on their campuses, according to a bill that the state Senate sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday. The measure comes as Republicans accuse universities across the nation...

Montana House rejects bill calling media 'slander machines'

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House narrowly rejected Wednesday a measure that sought to prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. The “Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” closely resembles bills introduced in at least four other...

Judge tosses former Rep. Katie Hill’s suit against tabloid

Apr. 07, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit by former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill of California against the Daily Mail was dismissed Wednesday by a judge who said the tabloid was protected under the First Amendment when it published nude photos of her. Judge Yolanda Orozco wrote in her...

Federal official rescinds Haskell orders on employee speech

Apr. 07, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The director of the Bureau of Indian Education has rescinded directives that regulated public communication for employees at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. BIE director Tony Dearman notified Haskell faculty and staff in a letter...

San Francisco school board suspends plan to rename schools

Apr. 07, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — America’s founding fathers got a reprieve Tuesday in San Francisco, when the city’s scandal-plagued school board formally suspended a plan to rename 44 schools as part of a racial reckoning that critics said went too far. The city’s Board of...