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Man shouts 'Heil Hitler' at Baltimore theater, causing panic

Nov. 15, 2018 8:22 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man laced the atmosphere of a Baltimore theater with menace when he began shouting "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission of a classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. The patron's pro-Nazi and pro-Trump outburst during a Wednesday night production of "Fiddler on...

Correction: Media-CNN vs Trump story

Nov. 15, 2018 2:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the AP and other news organizations had filed an amicus brief in support of CNN on Wednesday. The amicus brief has not been filed yet. A corrected version of the story...

Judge delays ruling on CNN reporter's White House credential

Nov. 15, 2018 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has delayed his decision on whether to order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly had been expected to announce his decision on the matter Thursday afternoon but delayed the...

Neo-Nazi's attorney calls ruling dangerous for free speech

Nov. 15, 2018 11:53 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge's decision to allow a lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of a neo-Nazi website is "dangerous for free speech," the publisher's attorney said Thursday. Attorney Marc Randazza said he believes U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen made a legally flawed decision...

Man asks judge to toss hate crime charge in fatal stabbing

Nov. 14, 2018 5:32 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the University of Maryland's campus have asked a judge to throw out a hate crime charge against their client. Sean Urbanski is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the May 2017 killing of...

InfoWars seeks to dismiss defamation lawsuit over 2017 rally

Nov. 14, 2018 2:28 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for InfoWars founder Alex Jones want a judge to dismiss a defamation suit filed by a counterprotester at last year's deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia. Former State Department official Brennan Gilmore was harassed after posting a video showing the car attack...

Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps suit

Nov. 13, 2018 5:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans. Common Cause North Carolina, the state Democratic...

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

Nov. 13, 2018 5:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta's White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press. Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta return...

Italian journalists protest against governing party insults

Nov. 13, 2018 1:41 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy's leaders sought to affirm their commitment to a free press Tuesday after journalists protested around the country against insults emanating from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement. Journalists gathered in piazzas in regional capitals to protest statements by 5-Star...

Rights commission expresses deep concern about Brazil

Nov. 12, 2018 5:08 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed deep concern over human rights in Brazil on Monday, saying it will monitor what happens when the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assumes office Jan. 1. After a one-week visit to eight states in Latin America's...