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Strip clubs sue in Florida over raised danger age limit

Apr. 5, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Adult clubs in one Florida city are suing over a new law that raised the minimum age for strippers from 18 to 21. The law in Jacksonville was enacted March 5 in a bid to reduce human trafficking. But lawyers for the clubs, including the lead plaintiff Wacko's, contend in a federal...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Some Kentucky churches plan to gather, despite virus orders

Apr. 4, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky churches are still planning to hold in-person church services this Sunday, despite statewide orders that ban mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Louisville preacher Jack Roberts told The Courier Journal that he would rather go to jail and court...

Court permanently bans enforcement of Kansas 'ag-gag' law

Apr. 3, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the permanent injunction after finding in January that the state's “Ag-Gag”...

Teenager allegedly threatened with jail over COVID-19 posts

Apr. 3, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old Wisconsin high school sophomore who had symptoms of the coronavirus and posted about it on social media was ordered by a sheriff’s deputy to delete the posts and threatened with being taken to jail, her attorney said Friday. The teenager is a student in the...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ March 29 The Miami Herald on Gov. Ron DeSantis denying a reporter access to his coronavirus press conference: Gov. Ron DeSantis denied Mary Ellen Klas, a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reporter in Tallahassee, access to his coronavirus press conference on Saturday. It...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities declared a war on

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Apr. 1, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus. Solovei told radio station Echo Moskvy at least 1,600 people might have died since...

Judge rules against conservative think tank in Evers lawsuit

Mar. 31, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed the lawsuit in August alleging...

Rights, press groups condemn killing of Mexican journalist

Mar. 31, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights and press freedom groups on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Mexican journalist, at least the 12th such killing since the current president took office in December 2018. The U.N. human rights commissioner's office said journalist Maria Elena Ferral had publicly denounced...

Missouri Supreme Court strikes down anti-picketing law

Mar. 31, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers from picketing is unconstitutional. Supreme Court judges unanimously sided with a lower court judge's decision to strike down that provision from law. Public-sector workers are already...