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Longtime Courier Journal reporter Tom Loftus retiring

Aug. 22, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Longtime state government reporter Tom Loftus is retiring after a 35-year career at the Courier Journal. Loftus announced in a tweet Wednesday that he's retiring effective Oct. 1. He tweeted that his 43 years as a newspaperman — including several with The Kentucky Post —...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

Sudan's top general sworn in as leader of new ruling body

Aug. 21, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's top general was sworn in Wednesday as the leader of a joint military-civilian body created to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward democratic elections. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan was sworn in before the country's top judge and will lead the 11-member Sovereign Council...

US urges Cuba to drop criminal charges against journalist

Aug. 21, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is calling on Cuba to drop criminal charges against a journalist facing a year in jail following his arrest earlier this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that the U.S. "strongly condemns" the prosecution of Roberto Quiñones. Pompeo said the...

Christie Brinkley, Sean Spicer make 'Dancing with the Stars'

Aug. 21, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Christie Brinkley, Hannah Brown of "The Bachelorette" and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer are among the contestants on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" — but not everyone is happy with the list. ABC announced the celebrity lineup Wednesday for season 28 on...

Sheriff in conservative county defends free press

Aug. 21, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying repeatedly to get comments from an official for a story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote town of Vale, said...

Bomb threats sent to Bulgarian media offices, airports

Aug. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria are investigating several bomb threats sent by email to media outlets in the capital, Sofia, and to major airports in the country. Special police teams on Wednesday searched the airports in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, as well as the offices of Bulgarian...

Polish judges want lawmakers to probe hate campaign

Aug. 21, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations. The judges of the independent Iustitia association also demanded that Justice...

Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Aug. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech. The planned center's goal would be to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation...

Kentucky newspaper's series on abuse cited as 'wake-up call'

Aug. 21, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity group and others in Kentucky cited a local newspaper's investigative series on child abuse as a wake-up call for the state. The Courier Journal of Louisville reports Kosair Charities and others hosted an event Tuesday to call on the community to help combat the "epidemic."...