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Judge orders anti-Edwards ad down in Louisiana governor race

Nov. 13, 2019 2:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans judge ordered Republican groups to remove their TV attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards from the air Wednesday after a lawsuit challenged the ad’s claims as “demonstrably false.” The temporary restraining order from Civil District...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...

Reporter goes to Australian High Court in press freedom case

Nov. 12, 2019 4:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A journalist went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a search warrant that created outrage when it was executed on her home and triggered a national campaign for greater press freedom. Rival Australian media businesses banded together to fight for press freedom...

Donald Trump Jr. talk marked by anger over no Q&A

Nov. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported . Members of the audience of about 450 people at the...

A loophole in Florida's Wrongful Death Act

Nov. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — On Aug. 2, less than a month after his 51st birthday, Gerald Giannillo, a longtime and much-loved massage therapist at the Longboat Key Club, checked in at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for surgery to repair an aneurysm and leaking heart valve caused by a hereditary condition. Eighteen...

Deputies kept reporters out of courtrooms during trials

Nov. 9, 2019 2:27 PM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Deputies in a South Carolina county have denied reporters access to courtrooms in two different recent trials. Journalists were kept out of courtrooms during jury selection in a recent murder trial and a high-profile kidnapping trial, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported. The U.S....

Judge: Pub owner's $1M suit against Gibson can proceed

Nov. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has rejected Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson's pre-trial attempt to put an end to a $1 million lawsuit filed against him by a Portland pub owner who claims he has lost business after Gibson led a melee there. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Multnomah County Circuit Judge...

School appeals federal judge's decision over 'rapist' note

Nov. 8, 2019 1:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A school district Friday appealed a judge's decision to block a three-day suspension imposed on a 15-year-old student who posted comments about a "rapist" on a bathroom mirror. The Cape Elizabeth School Committee felt compelled to take the case to the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of...

Judge stays 'Texas 7' gang member execution for 2nd time

Nov. 7, 2019 6:46 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday stayed the execution of a "Texas 7" gang member who was convicted in the killing of a police officer because the state has refused to provide him with a Buddhist chaplain in the death chamber. The U.S. Supreme Court initially blocked Patrick Murphy's execution in...