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'Defund Police' painted at Grand Rapids officials' homes

Jul. 12, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in Grand Rapids are investigating “Defund Police” messages spray-painted on driveways at the homes of city officials and at a government parking garage. “These bullying and intimidation tactics are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. This...

Black students afraid to return to school after racist tweet

Jul. 11, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Many Black students at Kansas State University are afraid to return to school after a white student made a racist tweet about George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. Jaden McNeil, tweeted “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug...

Bulgarian president urges PM and government to resign

Jul. 11, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president is calling on the center-right government to step down and the chief prosecutor to resign as the only way to ease the growing political tensions that have sparked mass protests across the country. President Ruman Radev said Saturday in a nationally televised...

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' ordered to pay fines, register as group

Jul. 10, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico group, Cowboys for Trump, must register as a political committee in the state, and pay $7,600 in fines for not filing expenditure reports, an arbitrator ruled Friday. “Should your client fail to comply with the requirements of the Arbitration Order, I will...

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN raise their clenched fist as they sing outside their headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines Friday July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network ABS-CBN, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Lawmakers vote to shut down Philippines' largest TV network

Jul. 10, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives’ Committee on...

Staffs of news broadcaster Al Jazeera leave Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 10, 2020. Malaysian police Friday grilled a team of reporters and staff from Al Jazeera over its documentary on the treatment of undocumented immigrants, that officials have slammed as unfair and bias. National police chief said the documentary released earlier this month had sparked public anger, and that initial probe showed it was inaccurate and depicted the country in a negative light. (AP Photo)

Malaysian police grill Al Jazeera over report on immigrants

Jul. 10, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police grilled a group of reporters and staff from news broadcaster Al Jazeera on Friday over a documentary on the treatment of undocumented immigrants that officials have slammed as unfair and biased. National police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said the documentary...

Nevada church appeals virus attendance cap to Supreme Court

Jul. 9, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Leaders of a rural Nevada church are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend the state’s 50-person cap on religious gatherings while an appellate court considers their claim that COVID-19 restrictions treating casinos and others more leniently violate their constitutional right to...

Portland: 3rd class-action suit over police use of force

Jul. 9, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Portland, marking the third such lawsuit filed related to the use of force and munitions at protests that began after the police killing of George Floyd. The class-action complaint filed this week named three plaintiffs,...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, writer J.K. Rowling poses for the media at the world premiere of the film

Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech

Jul. 8, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of artists, writers and academics have signed an open letter decrying the weakening of public debate and warning that the free exchange of information and ideas is in jeopardy amid a rise in what they call “illiberalism.” J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood...

Illinois man facing eviction over Black Lives Matter flag

Jul. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man said he's facing eviction for hanging a Black Lives Matter flag on his apartment balcony. Donavon Burton, 22, of Bloomington said he began displaying the flag last month to protest the deaths of Blacks in police custody. “It’s for my first son,"...