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FILE - Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler, talks to the media after posting bail at a Regional Trial Court following an overnight arrest by National Bureau of Investigation agents on a libel case in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 14, 2019. A new documentary tracks Ressa’s dual life in recent years. She’s seen smiling while accepting international honors and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for her news site’s reporting on the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

'Don't shut up!' Film spotlights Filipino journalist

Aug. 9, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought,...

A small group of Black Lives Matter supporters hold a rally against Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Douglas County Sheriff Coverley came under fire last month after he posted a letter on his office's website telling the library not to bother calling 911 for help after the library considered supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Coverley later backed off, saying his department would continue to respond to all 911 calls. The small group of Black Lives Matter supporters on Saturday cut short a demonstration outside the office of a northern Nevada sheriff and left amid jeers from people in a larger crowd of hundreds of counter-protesters. (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record Courier via AP)

Black Lives Matter supporters hold demonstration in Nevada

Aug. 8, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — Some Black Lives Matter supporters continued to protest Saturday after others cut short their participation in a demonstration outside the office of a northern Nevada sheriff and left amid jeers from a larger crowd of counter-protesters A man wearing a white cowboy hat exhorted...

California pastor vows to hold indoor worship despite order

Aug. 8, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The pastor of a California church has vowed to continue holding indoor worship in defiance of coronavirus health orders after a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. “I wish it didn’t have to come to this, I really do, but we will...

A visitor to an Apple store wears a t-shirt promoting Tik Tok in Beijing on Friday, July 17, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug 6, 2020 ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?

Aug. 7, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it's far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Otero County Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Coy Griffin denounces gun control and pro-abortion rights bills in the New Mexico State Legislature at a protest outside the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The group said this week seek arbitration in a fight with the New Mexico Secretary of State over fines and required reports. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Cowboys for Trump resists reveal of financial contributors

Aug. 7, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The support group Cowboys for Trump and its founder Couy Griffin are resisting pressure to disclose financial contributors in what could be a test case of a 2019 New Mexico state law that requires greater disclosures of independent political spending. Griffin, an Otero County...

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

Aug. 7, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. Of the lawsuits, 174 have dealt with immigrant rights, targeting the family separation policy, detention and deportation practices, and the administration’s repeated attempts to make it harder to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks with reporters in Frankfort, Ky as he conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat challenger Andy Beshear. A lawsuit challenging former Gov.  Bevin's practice of blocking some people on Twitter and Facebook has been settled with the current governor, Gov. Andy Beshear, who has committed to allowing “robust” discourse on the governor's official social media accounts. The settlement agreement was reached in July, and the parties jointly dismissed the case Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the ACLU said. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Settlement reached after ex-governor blocked people online

Aug. 6, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging former Gov. Matt Bevin's practice of blocking some people on Twitter and Facebook has been settled with the current governor, who has committed to allowing “robust” discourse on the governor's official social media accounts. The settlement with...

FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper will discuss the pandemic, education and his re-election bid in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Gov. Cooper: Trump's coronavirus strategy 'nonexistent'

Aug. 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration still lacks a sufficient strategy to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, sharpening his criticism of the president as the Democratic governor seeks reelection in the key battleground state. ...

Bulgaria: PM Borissov offers to step down to save government

Aug. 5, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Wednesday offered to step down if that would keep his troubled coalition government in place. Borissov told a caucus of his center-right GERB party that he would discuss the option with the leaders of the two nationalist parties that are...