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FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices enveloped protesters and bystanders in aerosolized compounds that then settled on the ground and wound up washed into storm drains. Test samples from those storm drains have turned up heavy metals and chemicals at much higher levels than samples collected from control sites elsewhere. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

Oct. 20, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains. Amid allegations that human health and the environment are suffering the...

Lawsuit: City, county officials violated rights of homeless

Oct. 20, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit accuses officials in Minneapolis and Hennepin County of violating the civil rights of people in homeless encampments when they conducted sweeps that displaced them and put their health at risk. The federal complaint filed Monday by American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota...

ACLU launches voter protection hotline in Maine

Oct. 20, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has asked voters who experience difficulty to call a hotline it is launching this election season. The organization said its Voter Protection Hotline is designed to help residents who have trouble registering to vote, casting an absentee...

FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, escort volunteers line up outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Ky., the state's only abortion clinic. Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron, an anti-abortion supporter, said Friday, March 27, 2020, that abortions should cease as part of the governor's order halting elective medical procedures in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law

Oct. 17, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

A federal appeals court has upheld a decades-old Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies. The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge's ruling, who had said the 1998 Kentucky law...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. Controversial Trump administration policies on the census, asylum seekers and the border wall, held illegal by lower courts, are on the Supreme Court's agenda Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Justices to weigh Trump census plan to exclude noncitizens

Oct. 16, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up President Donald Trump's policy, blocked by a lower court, to exclude people living in the U.S. illegally from the census count that will be used to allocate seats in the House of Representatives. Never in U.S. history have immigrants been...

Family members of inmates incarcerated in the Utah Department of Corrections' prison system hold candles and say a prayer following a rally outside the Department of Corrections office in Draper on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.  The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

278 Utah inmates contract COVID-19; families host protest

Oct. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. “No matter the mistakes they have made on this...

Delaware judge refuses to order state to count late ballots

Oct. 9, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Friday rejected a request by the League of Women Voters to override state election law and allow absentee and mail-in ballots received after the state-mandated deadline in November’s election to be counted. Delaware law has long required that absentee ballots...

ACLU sues over state suspending licenses due to unpaid fines

Oct. 8, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Licensing on Wednesday, arguing the state’s practice of suspending drivers’ licenses when they fail to pay traffic fines unfairly hurts people who can’t afford to pay. The...

Vermont governor allows police force bill to become law

Oct. 8, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott allowed a bill passed by the Legislature overseeing the use of force by police to become law without his signature. The new law, most of which takes effect July 1, outlines when Vermont police can use force and deadly force, and it bans certain restraints, such as...

ACLU aids appeal of two Montana men accused of stolen valor

Oct. 6, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana men who lied about their military service in court have appealed some conditions of their sentences. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana called the conditions degrading and unconstitutional. Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski sentenced Ryan...