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Lawsuits challenge Oklahoma anti-protest law; riot charges

Jun. 24, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Six Oklahomans have filed two federal lawsuits that challenge a state law intended to crack down on protesters and that allege their civil rights were violated when they were arrested in Oklahoma City in 2020. The anti-protest law is unconstitutionally broad...

Appeals court upholds Arkansas’ Israel boycott pledge law

Jun. 22, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Arkansas’ law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, finding the restriction is not an unconstitutional violation of free speech. The full 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a 2-1...

UK plans to rewrite human rights law; critics cry foul

Jun. 22, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday unveiled plans for a Bill of Rights it says will strengthen free speech and the power of Parliament — but that critics argue will rip up human rights protections for ordinary people. The government published the bill days after...

Lula platform has green focus, nods to middle in Brazil race

Jun. 21, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva laid out his campaign platform Tuesday, including a pledge for zero deforestation initiatives and appeals to moderates as seeks to unseat Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil's election in October. The 76-year-old leftist, who...

California may make social media firms report enforcement

Jun. 21, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Social media companies would have to make public their policies for removing problem content and give detailed accounts of how and when they remove it, under a proposal being considered by California legislators who blame online chatter for encouraging violence and...

Lawmakers table Youngkin gas tax, other budget amendments

Jun. 17, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's proposed budget amendments met a mixed fate Friday, some clearing the General Assembly and others, including his push for a gas-tax holiday, voted down on a bipartisan basis. Legislators sent the Republican governor a compromise...

UK govt orders Julian Assange's extradition; appeal planned

Jun. 17, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Friday ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges, a milestone — but not the end — of a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website's publication of classified U.S. documents. ...

Anti-vaccine doctor sentenced to prison for Capitol riot

Jun. 16, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

A California doctor who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced on Thursday to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she delivered speeches to rioters during the mob's attack. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also...

Youngkin wants gas tax holiday, other budget changes

Jun. 15, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking several dozen changes to the budget legislation lawmakers sent him earlier this month, including an amendment that would suspend the state tax on gasoline for three months. Youngkin also wants to provide financial...

China's Xi reasserts support for Russia on security issues

Jun. 15, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping reasserted his country’s support for Russia on issues of sovereignty and security in a phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, state media said. Xi told Putin that “all parties should responsibly push for a proper...