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Why a judge says @realDonaldTrump can't block opponents

May. 27, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

President Donald Trump can do many things on Twitter. He can call a former FBI director "slippery" and a former president "cheatin'." He can spontaneously SWITCH TO ALL CAPS and claim media organizations are "fake news." But now there's one thing a federal judge says Trump can't do: Block users because of...

Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as US immigration 'DNA'

May. 27, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film's subject, a law from 1882 that barred Chinese people...

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

May. 27, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Courts are engaged in two broad...

Pakistan to hold parliamentary elections on July 25

May. 27, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it will hold parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on July 25. It will be the first vote since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court for concealing financial assets abroad. His party is expected to do well, despite coming under...

Court: Gov't violated privacy law for defrauded students

May. 26, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain. In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the...

At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy

May. 25, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton implored a crowd at Harvard University on Friday to stand up for "the truth, facts and reason" as attacks on the rule of law, free press and elections threaten to undermine American democracy. The former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state, U.S....

Judge denies Manafort motion to throw out charges of lying

May. 25, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's attempt to have some of the criminal charges against him thrown out. It was the latest setback for Manafort, who has seen U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson toss out his civil suit challenging the...

The Latest: Judge declines to throw out Manafort charges

May. 25, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 4:25 p.m. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was handed a setback Friday as a judge rejected his attempt to throw out some of the criminal charges against him. Manafort had argued...

Correction: Death Penalty-Ohio story

May. 25, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story May 24 about a request for clemency by death row inmate Robert Van Hook, The Associated Press erroneously reported on his current attorneys' strategies. His lawyers are citing a history of abuse and untreated mental illness, not a "homosexual panic" defense, which was used...

Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

May. 25, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said in a written order that fasting Muslim inmates must be given...