Latest Freedom of speech News

Extremist reported by family pleads guilty to gun charge

Jul. 23, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge Tuesday. Jeffrey Clark Jr., 30, of Washington, D.C., faces a maximum of 10 years in prison after pleading...

Analysis: Hong Kong protests could push China to intervene

Jul. 22, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — While China doesn't want to intervene in the summer-long protests that have shaken Hong Kong, that doesn't mean it won't. The movement, now in its seventh week, has veered into more dangerous territory on two fronts. Protesters, who had previously besieged the city's legislature and police...

Tofurky: Arkansas meat-labeling law unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tofurky Co., which produces plant-based alternatives to meat, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of "meat" in the labeling of its products violates free speech rights. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Oregon-based company...

Alabama city wants to nix police chief's suspension lawsuit

Jul. 22, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city being sued by its police chief wants the lawsuit dismissed. The Dothan Eagle reports Abbeville police Chief Noel Vanlandingham has until Sept. 3 to respond to the city's motion for dismissal. Vanlandingham sued the city council last month, saying it violated his First...

1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87

Jul. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot...

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal

Jul. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal....

Judge strikes down Albuquerque's panhandling ordinance

Jul. 20, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge says Albuquerque's panhandling ordinance restricts free speech and is unconstitutional. The Albuquerque ordinance's language had prohibited panhandlers from standing on sidewalks and medians in the city's streets to solicit motorists, with the sponsor saying it was intended...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Florida can require licenses for dietary advice, court rules

Jul. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

Florida can limit who gets to give dietary advice, a federal court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a health coach who was fined for practicing without a dietary license. Heather Del Castillo had argued Florida's law violated her First Amendment right to free speech, noting dietary advice is...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...