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State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case

Apr. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and are...

Virginia police officer fired after white nationalist probe

Apr. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer has been fired after an investigation into his alleged membership in a white nationalist group. Chesterfield Police Department Chief Jeff Katz said Thursday that Officer Daniel Morley was fired because his affiliation with Identity Evropa makes it...

Egypt opposition urges "No" vote to extend president's term

Apr. 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A coalition of opposition political parties Thursday called on Egyptian voters to reject proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The Civil Democratic Movement, which includes liberal and left-leaning parties, held a news...

Group: Americas saw greatest deterioration of press freedom

Apr. 18, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americas saw the greatest deterioration in press freedom of any part of the world during the last year, a press advocacy group said Thursday. The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders shows that Nicaragua fell 24 places from the previous year's list due...

Brazil top court criticized for order to block news stories

Apr. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general is accusing the nation's highest court of violating the constitution with an order for news organizations to withdraw some online reports on a corruption investigation that include references to one of the tribunal's justices. The court told the news websites...

Photojournalist sues Vegas police over 2017 sidewalk arrest

Apr. 17, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A photojournalist who was arrested during a "Tax Day" rally outside Trump International hotel in Las Vegas in 2017 has filed a federal civil rights and First Amendment lawsuit against Las Vegas police. Nebyou Solomon's attorney, Margaret McLetchie, said Wednesday her client was doing his...

Federal judge awards legal fees in Iowa ag gag lawsuit case

Apr. 16, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $181,000 in legal fees to seven lawyers who successfully fought a 2012 Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation. Animal rights and civil rights organizations, including...

Kentucky attorney general seeks to block teacher subpoenas

Apr. 16, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's top lawyer is challenging subpoenas from the governor's administration seeking the names of teachers who might have used sick days that shut down schools as they attended statehouse rallies earlier this year. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has 10 days to...

Parents of Swedish coder held by Ecuador say he is innocent

Apr. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The parents of a Swedish programmer suspected of plotting to blackmail Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno over his abandonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made an anxious plea Tuesday for authorities to release their son. Dag Gustafsson acknowledged that his son, Ola Bini, had...