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Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

Aug. 15, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of eight former officials and a current one,...

US newsrooms to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Aug. 15, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's newsrooms are pushing back against President Donald Trump with a coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and suggestion that journalists are the enemy. The Boston Globe invited newspapers across the country to stand up for the press with...

Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

Aug. 15, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used their services to spread false information. Twitter had been resisting the move despite public pressure, including some from its own employees. But the holdout lasted less...

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

Aug. 15, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple — an argument partly supported by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state again for opposing his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his...

US appeals court revives suit over border crossing photos

Aug. 14, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that accuses U.S. Customs and Border Protection of illegally barring photography at border crossings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a judge's conclusion that restrictions on photography were justified by the need...

Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

Aug. 14, 2018 5:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk, saying...

Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

Aug. 13, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor, a water treaty with Singapore and the country's financial mess in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. Here are...

Editorials from around Ohio

Aug. 13, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: ___ The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Aug. 11 This weekend marks the first anniversary of one of modern America's darkest days. It was one year ago Sunday when racial hatred and extreme nationalism exploded into violence and...

Speech group: @realDonaldTrump still blocking Twitter foes

Aug. 10, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A free speech group says President Donald Trump is still blocking dozens of people from his Twitter account despite a court's ruling that doing so violates the First Amendment. Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter Friday to the Justice Department listing 41...

Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks

Aug. 10, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the news media. "We are not the enemy of the people," said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe,...