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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, delivers a speech while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, left, and Seine-Saint-Denis prefect Georges-Francois Leclerc listen, after a visit on the fight against separatism at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Authorities were looking into about 50 associations suspected of encouraging hate speech and the issue will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday after the history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

Oct. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron said the group will...

San Francisco police arrest man in assault on Trump backer

Oct. 20, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have made an arrest in the weekend assault of a Trump supporter and free speech rally organizer who lost two front teeth, officials said Monday. San Francisco police said they arrested Adroa Anderson, 35, of Watsonville in Oakland on Sunday. He was booked into the...

Court strikes Louisiana's 'Sex Offender' ID requirement

Oct. 20, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's requirement that people convicted of certain sex crimes carry a state-issued ID card with the words “SEX OFFENDER” printed on it in orange capital letters is unconstitutional, the state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 6-1 ruling upholds a decision by a state...

Hundreds of people gather on Republique square during a demonstration Sunday Oct. 18, 2020 in Paris. Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French premier joins nationwide tributes to beheaded teacher

Oct. 18, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister joined demonstrators on Sunday who rallied together across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. The demonstrations came hours after U.S. President Donald...

Medics transport a supporter of President Donald Trump to an ambulance after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump demonstrators were met by several hundred counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Conservatives staging free speech rally attacked by critics

Oct. 17, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth. A photographer working for The...

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of a high school Friday Oct.16, 2020 in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an

Grisly beheading of teacher in terror attack rattles France

Oct. 16, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the gruesome beheading of a history teacher in a street in a Paris suburb. The suspected attacker was shot and killed by police. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo, White House adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a White House press briefing in Washington. Jersey City has reached an agreement in a lawsuit by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family’s company that claimed the city tried to sabotage a $900 million residential tower project out of political animosity toward Kushner’s father-in-law, President Donald Trump. According to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, the project will go forward without a tax abatement that was at the center of the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Jersey City, Kushner reach accord in political bias lawsuit

Oct. 16, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

Jersey City has reached an agreement in a lawsuit by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family’s company that claimed the city tried to sabotage a $900 million residential tower project out of political animosity toward Kushner’s father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Under terms of the...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, is seen outside a high school after a history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north of Paris. Police have shot the suspected killer dead. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French leader decries terrorist beheading of teacher

Oct. 16, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb Friday, urging the nation to stand united against extremism. The teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his...

In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. Under scathing political attacks from the Trump administration, China is defending its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. he administration last week urged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a “malign influence” from China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Oct. 16, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration, China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring...

Tobacco tax and campaign contributions on Oregon's ballot

Oct. 15, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two measures the Oregon Legislature placed on the Nov. 3 ballot for Oregonians to vote on include limiting campaign contributions and increasing tax on cigarettes, as well as creating a tax on electronic cigarettes. Both have received widespread and bipartisan support, which proponents...