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Lawmakers to debate legislation on gun rights, nepotism

Jan. 20, 2019 11:29 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to hear Gov. Kristi Noem's first budget address and debate bills that would expand gun rights, void an activities association policy for transgender student athletes and block state officials from hiring relatives. A glance at the agenda when...

Little Free Library removal raises free speech concerns

Jan. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An art garden, dog park and splash pad are among the features planned for Gulley Park. Not on the list is the Little Free Library, which workers removed to make room for a wider trail. Resident Jo Ann Wardein installed the book-exchange station in 2013 as a Mother's Day gift from...

Judge: GOP can't block liberal group's Twitter comments

Jan. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision marks liberal group One Wisconsin Now's second legal victory...

Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book

Jan. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets. The Copenhagen City Court says...

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The...

The Latest: UK minister summons Zimbabwe's ambassador

Jan. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe unrest (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The UK's minister for Africa says she has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss the country's growing crisis and "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters....

Ex-state worker loses lawsuit over religious accommodation

Jan. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former state of Iowa worker who'd used the words "In Christ" in his work emails has lost his lawsuit against the state. The Sioux City Journal reports that a federal jury in Sioux City found Wednesday that the state Department of Human Services did not fail to accommodate Michael...

Man sues Portland police over broken nose at protest

Jan. 17, 2019 12:08 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man claims Portland police hit him in the face with possibly a rubber bullet or gas canister, causing a broken nose during a protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports John Rock filed a $10,000 lawsuit against the city this week,...

The Latest: Zimbabwe doctor group reports 68 gunshot wounds

Jan. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe protests (all times local): 10:50 p.m. In a grim recounting, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights says it has treated 68 cases of gunshot wounds amid a government crackdown on protests over a fuel price hike. Its statement reports more than 100...

Final defendant sentenced in Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada

Jan. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago. Brian "Booda" Cavalier, 47, of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more...