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Airlines obey Beijing's demand to call Taiwan part of China

May. 22, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — British Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are among 20 carriers that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory, as a part of China on their global websites, in line with Beijing's demands that the White House called "Orwellian nonsense," The Associated...

Removed for Trump-quoting shirt, Oregon student sues school

May. 22, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon student suspended for wearing a "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co." T-shirt has sued his school, claiming the punishment violated his First Amendment right to free speech. According to a complaint filed May 18 in Oregon District Court, Addison Barnes wore the shirt...

Norman Rockwell 'Four Freedoms' exhibit opens this weekend

May. 22, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An exhibit featuring Norman Rockwell's iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings is opening this weekend. The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms" will run from May 25 to Sept. 2. It will then tour everywhere from Houston to Normandy,...

Fiji finds 4 not guilty of sedition in media freedom case

May. 22, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge in Fiji found an opinion writer and three newspaper executives not guilty of sedition on Tuesday in a ruling that many consider a victory for press freedom in the South Pacific nation. Judge Thushara Rajasinghe ruled that prosecutors failed to prove an opinion piece...

Serbia on EU course despite calls for Russia shift, PM says

May. 21, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister said Monday the Balkan country's goal is to join the European Union despite calls by the defense minister for an apparent shift in course toward Russia. Ana Brnabic said that Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has the right to his opinion, but "we have our...

Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86

May. 21, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy's "ripples of hope" and LBJ's speeches on civil rights and "The Great Society," died Sunday evening at age 86. Goodwin, the husband of...

Analysis: Arkansas court race sparks free speech battle

May. 19, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The race for a seat on Arkansas' Supreme Court was widely expected to be another battleground for out-of-state conservative groups that are waging increasingly expensive and bitter campaigns to reshape the nation's courts. What wasn't expected that it would also prompt a fight over...

2 Arkansas judges issue contradictory orders on election ads

May. 18, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas judges issued contradictory orders Friday on efforts to halt a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice, with one judge ordering several stations to stop airing the spot and another judge allowing other stations to run it. The conflicting...

Bill Cosby jurors identified, 3 weeks after conviction

May. 18, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Friday publicly identified members of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault last month, but warned that reporters could face criminal charges if they hound jurors who don't want to be bothered. Judge Steven O'Neill released the names after what he described as...

Lawyer: Neo-Nazi doesn't need to be kind to be protected

May. 18, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A neo-Nazi website publisher wrote crude and cruel commentary about a Montana woman who's now suing him, but he doesn't have to be nice to be protected by the free-speech provisions of the U.S. Constitution, the publisher's attorney wrote Friday. Attorney Marc Randazza made his...