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German journalist acquitted of terror charges in Turkey

Jan. 17, 2022 08:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has acquitted German journalist Mesale Tolu after years on trial for terror-related charges. “After 4 years, 8 months and 20 days: Acquitted of both charges!” Tolu tweeted after her acquittal. She was accused of engaging in terror propaganda and...

Scott creates MLK Day videos, hopes to rebut Biden speech

Jan. 17, 2022 08:07 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community, the U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina, is putting forth what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut....

Judge will decide soon on whether free speech violated at UF

Jan. 14, 2022 16:52 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sharply criticized an attorney for the University of Florida on Friday during a hearing on whether six faculty members' free speech rights were infringed upon after the lawyer accused some of the professors of having no standing to make their cases because...

Yellow ribbons removed from town green amid speech dispute

Jan. 14, 2022 14:11 PM EST

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A symbol of support for U.S. troops has become the centerpiece of a contentious free-speech debate in this small town in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Yellow ribbons had adorned trees on the historic Litchfield Town Green since the start of the...

What is seditious conspiracy? Rare, but now part of Jan. 6

Jan. 13, 2022 18:24 PM EST

Sedition, conspiracy. Those big words are now being used in Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection criminal cases after prosecutors charged 11 people Thursday. But what do the terms mean, anyway? Seditious conspiracy occurs when two or more people in the U.S. conspire to...

North Dakota bishops oppose UND gender inclusion policy

Jan. 12, 2022 17:11 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that represents North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops is contacting parents of students at the University of North Dakota and asking that they urge administrators to reject the school’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. The policy, which is...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 12, 2022 14:39 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. January 9, 2022. Editorial: Florida legislative session promises little drama amid election-year spending spree On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature will start its annual session with an upbeat speech by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the promise of big boosts...

Today in History

Jan. 12, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2022. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. On...

US Judge: Baton Rouge must end retaliation against lawyer

Jan. 11, 2022 18:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attempt by Baton Rouge officials to have an attorney found in contempt of court for releasing video of a controversial arrest was a “bad faith” effort to retaliate against the attorney for exercising his free speech rights, a federal court judge has ruled. ...

Trump attorneys cite immunity, want Jan. 6 lawsuits tossed

Jan. 11, 2022 00:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for former President Donald Trump and his associates argued Monday that incendiary statements by Trump and others last Jan. 6 prior to the Capitol riot were protected speech and in line with their official duties. In response to civil suits running...