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Judge: GOP can't block liberal group's Twitter comments

Jan. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision marks liberal group One Wisconsin Now's second legal victory...

Lawsuit over amendment shielding some Jewish schools tossed

Jan. 17, 2019 4:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an advocacy group's lawsuit over a New York state lawmaker's attempt to shield ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools from oversight. U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser ruled late Wednesday that the group Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED lacks standing to sue...

Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

Jan. 17, 2019 5:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In its annual assessment of rights around the world, the advocacy group...

Court orders Italian govt to publicize cellphone risks

Jan. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A consumers' group says an Italian tribunal has ordered a public information campaign about the possible health risks of cellular and cordless phones. The Lazio region's administrative tribunal ruled that Italy's health, environment and education ministries must begin the campaign within six...

Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence's new employer

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group. The office of the vice president's wife said it was "absurd"...

Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling

Jan. 15, 2019 1:17 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker. The 23-page opinion interprets the federal Wire Act, which prohibits interstate wagering, to apply to any form of gambling that...

Ghosn's wife slams Japan detention as 'draconian' in letter

Jan. 14, 2019 1:25 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband's long detention and Japan's criminal justice system as unfair and harsh. "My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system,"...

Ghosn's wife slams Japan detention as 'draconian' in letter

Jan. 13, 2019 6:36 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group, criticizing Japan's criminal justice system. Carole Ghosn wrote in a nine-page letter Monday her husband's case highlights a "draconian system." Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, has been...

The Latest: Police, military seen near Congo opposition area

Jan. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election results. All times local: 7:35 p.m. As night falls in Congo, scores of police with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers are positioned along a road in the capital leading to Limete, a stronghold of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu....

Denver unveils new system for clearing marijuana convictions

Jan. 9, 2019 2:57 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver on Wednesday became the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal, acknowledging the barriers that such offenses pose to minority, low-income and other people. Denver officials said Colorado law doesn't...