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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.  Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data on political ads-targeting on the world’s dominant social media platform.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Oct. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform....

Whistleblower suit against prison health system continues

Oct. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia doctor may continue his whistleblower lawsuit against the state’s prison health care system, its director and the warden at the hospital prison where he worked, a federal judge has ruled. The state officials and agencies had asked U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee to rule...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google: The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between...

Australian police clear 3rd reporter of charges after raids

Oct. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police announced on Thursday that a third journalist will not be charged with obtaining classified information 16 months after high-profile police raids triggered national outrage over the state of press freedom in Australia. Australian Federal Police targeted Australian...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, police on horseback move people back as rowdy fans celebrate in Los Angeles, after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals to win the championship. Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured after the Lakers' latest basketball championship, a panel appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, urged better communication and restraint by officers and warned that the use of tactical weapons for crowd control can escalate the sort of violence they are intended to deter. (AP Photo/Jintak Han, File)

California panel recommends limits to police crowd control

Oct. 13, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured following the Los Angeles Lakers' latest basketball championship, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday released a report urging better communication and restraint by officers and warning that the use of tactical weapons for...

Heshy Tischler, a City Council candidate and activist in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park, leaves Kings County Criminal Court after his arraignment Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in New York. Tischler had been arrested on charges of inciting people to riot and unlawful imprisonment of a journalist who was chased and trapped by a crowd. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

NYC virus lockdown protest leader ordered away from reporter

Oct. 12, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A leader of protests against new coronavirus restrictions in Brooklyn was ordered Monday to stay away from a journalist who was chased and trapped by a crowd. Judge Edwin Novillo told Heshy Tischler, who is charged with inciting people to riot and unlawful imprisonment of a journalist, that...

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, a national library employee shows a gold Nobel Prize medal in Bogota, Colombia. The Norwegian Nobel committee will announce the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday Oct. 9, 2020. The announcement is anticipated as a chance to impart hope at a time when the world faces numerous disruptions, including the coronavirus pandemic, accelerating climate change, and threats to democratic governance. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Nobel Peace Prize awaited as ray of hope after a tough year

Oct. 7, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

In a year of the coronavirus pandemic, military conflicts, democratic backsliding and accelerating climate change, Friday's announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize is being awaited as a chance to impart hope to a world in turmoil. From climate activists to political dissidents to international...

Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei stands with protesters outside the Old Bailey in support of Julian Assange's bid for freedom during his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Dissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Assange

Sep. 28, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The dissident Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside London's Old Bailey court on Monday against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he is wanted on an array of espionage charges. The court, meanwhile, heard...

FILE-In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, arrives at the Kongresshotel Potsdam, Germany. German prosecutors said Friday they won't open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country's interior minister, finding that it was covered by the right to freedom of expression. (Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)

Germany: No probe of column on police that angered minister

Sep. 25, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Friday they won't open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country's interior minister, finding that it was covered by the right to freedom of expression. Berlin prosecutors looked into the matter after receiving more than...

Media rights group denounces arrest of Pakistani journalist

Sep. 25, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international media rights group on Friday voiced concern over the brief arrest of a Pakistani journalist this week for allegedly carrying weapons while reporting on a court case in the capital, saying Pakistani authorities should investigate the misuse of law in order to stop the...