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South Carolina bans inmates from in-person interviews. A lawsuit wants to change that

Feb. 22, 2024 18:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prison policy banning inmates from speaking to reporters in person or having their writings directly published violates the First Amendment free speech rights of prisoners, a civil rights organization said in a federal lawsuit Thursday. While...

Pakistan blocks X for the sixth day as activists criticize the social media platform's shutdown

Feb. 22, 2024 15:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulators have blocked the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, with users across the country on Thursday enduring the sixth day of sweeping disruptions, partial and complete shutdowns. There was no comment on the outage by the Pakistan...

DeSantis calls takeover of Disney government a 'success' despite worker exodus, litigation

Feb. 22, 2024 14:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost a year after state lawmakers passed a law giving Florida’s governor control over Walt Disney World’s governing district, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday called the takeover a success, despite an exodus of workers, ongoing litigation and scandal surrounding one of his...

Not wearing a mask during COVID-19 health emergency isn’t a free speech right, appeals court says

Feb. 06, 2024 15:27 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court shot down claims Monday that New Jersey residents' refusal to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak constituted protected speech under the First Amendment. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling...

Disney wants trade secrets kept confidential in lawsuit with DeSantis appointees

Feb. 05, 2024 11:41 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney wants to keep confidential any proprietary information or trade secrets that comes out of its state court fight with Gov. Ron DeSantis' appointees over who controls the governing district at Walt Disney World. The entertainment giant asked a state court...

Disney appeals dismissal of free speech lawsuit as DeSantis says company should 'move on'

Feb. 01, 2024 17:31 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney on Thursday appealed a judge's dismissal of its free speech lawsuit over what it described as Gov. Ron DeSantis' retaliatory takeover of Walt Disney World's governing district, as the Florida governor separately called any appeal “a mistake.” “They...

Federal judge dismisses Disney's free speech lawsuit against DeSantis

Jan. 31, 2024 19:49 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Disney's free speech lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, dealing a setback to the company's hopes of regaining control of the district that governs Walt Disney World after it was taken over by the governor's appointees. ...

'Expats,' starring Nicole Kidman, was filmed in Hong Kong, but you can't watch it there

Jan. 30, 2024 11:24 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Nicole Kidman's latest project is set in Hong Kong, but people who live there are blocked from seeing it, prompting speculation about censorship in a city where civil liberties are shrinking fast. The first two episodes of “Expats,” a six-episode drama about...

There's a wave of new bills to define antisemitism. In these 3 states, they could become law

Jan. 30, 2024 08:12 AM EST

Lawmakers in more than a half-dozen U.S. states are pushing laws to define antisemitism, triggering debates about free speech and bringing complicated world politics into statehouses. Supporters say it's increasingly important to add a definition that lays out how to determine...

Florida attorneys who criticized discrimination ruling should be suspended, judge says

Jan. 29, 2024 15:09 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge recommended 30-day suspensions for a father-daughter pair of lawyers in Florida who spoke out after another judge overturned a jury’s $2.7 million ruling in favor of a Black doctor in a racial discrimination case. Judge Lisa Herndon also recommended...