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Complaint: Michigan college's graduation prayer violated law

Oct. 19, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint....

Judges consider state court's power over Trump in lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case? The question came up...

Israel's Supreme Court overturns deportation of US student

Oct. 18, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government's decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish state. The court accepted Alqasem's appeal,...

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

Oct. 18, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and...

The Latest: Judges weigh state court's power over Trump

Oct. 18, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a former "Apprentice" contestant's lawsuit against President Donald Trump (all times local): 4 p.m. Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could...

Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in 'outsider' cash

Oct. 18, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races. Citizens United, as the ruling...

Lawsuit: Teacher shamed student over pledge protest

Oct. 18, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who says she was mocked and shamed for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance filed a federal lawsuit this week against her teacher and the school board. The unnamed 14-year-old student said she and other students remained seated as part of a...

Turkey pledges accountability in Saudi probe; critics wonder

Oct. 18, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

Under global scrutiny, Turkey vows to get to the bottom of the alleged killing of a Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. But some observers see a double standard in promises of transparency from a government accused of stifling freedom of expression. Since an attempted coup in 2016, critics...

Correction: Fired Fire Chief-Atlanta story

Oct. 18, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about a settlement reached between the city of Atlanta and its former fire chief, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the mayor would have to sign off on the settlement. The settlement was part of a resolution that does not require action from the mayor. A...

Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in 'outsider' cash

Oct. 18, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races. Citizens United, as the ruling...