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ACLU files class-action suit against Portland police, city

Jun. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has filed a class-action lawsuit against Portland Police and the city on behalf of journalists and legal observers who they say were targeted and attacked by the police while documenting protests. The suit in Federal District Court in...

In this March 3, 2020 photo released by the University of Maryland via the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C., officials confer under a railroad overpass on L Street NE, about eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, before garbage trucks and front loaders remove the homeless encampment there. (Susannah Outhier/University of Maryland via AP)

Cities try to arrest their way out of homeless problems

Jun. 29, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nine years he has been homeless, Kenneth Shultz has spent one of every three nights in jail. The 71-year-old retiree has been charged with trespassing 96 times, including after he fell asleep behind gas stations, outside office buildings and in a city park. His 1,034...

FILE - In this July 1, 2018 file photo a makeshift memorial is seen at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. 
Maryland is set to award $300,000 for the construction of a memorial honoring the victims of the 2018 shooting at the a newspaper office that killed five people. The Capital Gazette reports the state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial called “Guardians of Free Speech.

Maryland to award $300K for newspaper shooting memorial

Jun. 25, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is set to award $300,000 for the construction of a memorial honoring the victims of a deadly shooting at a newspaper office. The state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial that will be located in an Annapolis park and pay tribute to slain Capital Gazette...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer briefs the media after a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Karl Nehammer at the Interior Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

German minister drops threat to sue over column on police

Jun. 25, 2020 6:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Thursday backed off a much-criticized threat to file a criminal complaint against a left-wing columnist who wrote disparagingly about the police. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had told mass-circulation daily Bild on Monday that he would lodge the...

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China warned Tuesday, June 23, 2020, it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered

China warns US over actions against 4 more media outlets

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China warned Tuesday it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered “foreign missions” in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party. Foreign...

FILE - In this June 6, 2020, file photo, a protester lies down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have taken a first step toward banning police officers from placing their knees on the necks of people being detained in the type of chokehold used by a Minnesota police officer in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Latest: Oregon deputies accused of pinning child by neck

Jun. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Lawsuit: Oregon boy, 12, pinned to ground by deputies with knee to his neck. — Denver officer won't be prosecuted in fatal shooting of black man. — Utah lawmakers vote to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds by police. — University of Florida ending “gator bait”...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Opposition Leader Dragan Djilas gestures during an interview with the Associated Press, in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. A Serbian opposition leader whose group is boycotting the country’s parliamentary election on Sunday says taking part in the vote amid the coronaviorus pandemic and without free media would only legitimize what he called a “hoax vote.”  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia's opposition to boycott vote held during pandemic

Jun. 18, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian opposition leader whose group is boycotting the country's parliamentary election says taking part in the vote amid the coronaviorus pandemic and without free media in the Balkan country would only legitimize what he called a “hoax vote.” Dragan Djilas, the...

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The Latest: President Trump says police treated unfairly

Jun. 17, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — President Trump says police “have not been treated fairly.” — Prosecutors acknowledge Floyd pinned by Minneapolis officers for 7:46. — Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder. — Portland, Oregon cutting police budget by $16 million. —...

Brazilian cartoonists defend colleague threatened by probe

Jun. 16, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian political cartoonists on Tuesday deployed their pens in defense of a colleague who faces a call by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government for a criminal investigation over a satirical cartoon it alleges violated national security. Bolsonaro’s Justice Ministry on...

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, left, talks with former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr., right, during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Monday June 15, 2020. Ressa, an award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president, her online news site Rappler Inc. and Santos were convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

US offers belated 'concern' over Philippine journalist case

Jun. 16, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has offered a muted and belated expression of “concern” over the convictions of two Philippine journalists on criminal libel charges. A one-sentence State Department statement titled “On Press Freedom in the Philippines” and released...