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Russian reporter put under house arrest over war criticism

Aug. 11, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

A court in Russia on Thursday ordered a former state TV journalist placed under house arrest for nearly two months pending an investigation and potential trial on charges of spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over a street...

Russian journalist detained, charged over war criticism

Aug. 10, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

Russian authorities detained a former state TV journalist who quit after staging an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine and charged her Wednesday with spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces, according to her lawyer. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over...

Soldier's assault suit against officers can proceed to trial

Aug. 10, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper-sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop in Virginia can present his claims of false imprisonment and assault and battery to a jury, a federal judge has ruled. But the summary judgment Tuesday said federal...

Anxiety rises over claims in Kenya's close presidential vote

Aug. 10, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday warned anxious Kenyans over “rising levels of false or misleading information being shared on social media" as the country awaited results of a close presidential election. The electoral commission indicated it would be at least Thursday...

What's next for Alex Jones after $49M Sandy Hook verdict?

Aug. 10, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The nearly $50 million defamation verdict against Alex Jones for his years of lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is far from a final reckoning. Jones' attorneys plan to appeal and try to lower the price tag a Texas jury put on his false claim that...

Election skeptics advance in key Wisconsin, Minnesota races

Aug. 10, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

Longtime Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette has won his Democratic primary, advancing to a general election in which Republicans hope to win back the seat and give it power over elections. And in Minnesota, Republican Kim Crockett — who has called the 2020 election...

Colorado Democratic state lawmaker faces voting charge

Aug. 10, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An El Paso County grand jury has indicted Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee, chair of the chamber’s judicial committee, on one count of voting outside the district where he resides in 2020, in violation of state law. Lee vigorously denies the charge, an attorney for...

Jarchow, Toney vie for chance to taken on Wisconsin AG Kaul

Aug. 10, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A testy race between the Republicans seeking to knock off Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul went to voters Tuesday, with Eric Tony and Adam Jarchow locked in a close race as results trickled in late. The pair were the leading candidates in a race that...

Mar-a-Lago search just part of one of several Trump probes

Aug. 09, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate marked a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of the law enforcement scrutiny of the former president, but the Florida operation is just one part of one investigation related to Trump and his time in office. ...

Russia extends opposition activist's detention for 2 months

Aug. 09, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

A Moscow court on Tuesday extended the detention of Vladimir Kara Murza Jr., a prominent opposition activist who has been jailed since April on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Russia adopted a law criminalizing spreading...