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Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

Apr. 23, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the...

Myanmar Supreme Court to rule on appeal of Reuters reporters

Apr. 22, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court is to rule Tuesday on the appeal of two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize...

Case dismissed for 3 students who protested border agents

Apr. 22, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Charges were dismissed against three students involved in a protest of U.S. Border Patrol agents at the University of Arizona that was captured on video. The case was dismissed Friday at the request of prosecutors after they after learned the university will conduct an administrative...

Appeals court nixes condo's coed swimming restrictions

Apr. 22, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Jersey condominium association violated women's rights by setting separate swimming hours for male and female residents. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the schedule adopted by A Country Place's condominium association was...

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

Apr. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a similar law. The latest bill was...

Carl Bell, who oversaw AP bureaus in 3 cities, dies at 95

Apr. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Carl Bell, a journalist known for defending the free press who served as chief of three Associated Press bureaus, has died. He was 95. Bell died April 15 after a recent fall that caused a brain injury, wife Ouida Bell said. He headed bureaus in Phoenix; Charlotte, North Carolina; and...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case

Apr. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and are...

Virginia police officer fired after white nationalist probe

Apr. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer has been fired after an investigation into his alleged membership in a white nationalist group. Chesterfield Police Department Chief Jeff Katz said Thursday that Officer Daniel Morley was fired because his affiliation with Identity Evropa makes it...

Egypt opposition urges "No" vote to extend president's term

Apr. 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A coalition of opposition political parties Thursday called on Egyptian voters to reject proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The Civil Democratic Movement, which includes liberal and left-leaning parties, held a news...