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FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Tech-rights group sues Trump to stop social-media order

Jun. 2, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed last week, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like...

Montana campaign finance disclosure law stays in place

Jun. 2, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to a Montana law on spending disclosure for political ads within 60 days of elections, eliciting praise from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. “Time and again, dark money groups have tried to attack Montana’s campaign...

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows Democratic candidate for the 28th district for the Virginia Senate, Qasim Rashid, in Fredericksburg, Va. Prosecutors said Joseph Cecil Vandevere, of North Carolina, was sentenced Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to 10 months of prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch Rashid, a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of North Carolina said U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. also sentenced Vandevere on Tuesday to one year of supervised release. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Jun. 2, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, had faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison after...

Protesters hold a British National (Overseas) passport and Hong Kong colonial flag in a shopping mall during a protest against China's national security legislation for the city, in Hong Kong, Friday, May 29, 2020. The British government says t it will grant hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents greater visa rights if China doesn't scrap a planned new security law for the semi-autonomous territory. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said about 300,000 people in Hong Kong who hold British National (Overseas) passports will be able to stay in Britain for 12 months rather than the current six. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

UK: Hong Kong law a 'clear violation' of China's obligations

Jun. 2, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — China’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a “clear violation” of Beijing’s international obligations, Britain's foreign secretary said Tuesday. In a statement to the House of Commons, Dominic Raab said “we strongly oppose such an authoritarian...

Fireworks go off in front of police, who with protesters in front of police headquarters in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. The small group of protesters was originally part of a much larger group demonstrating earlier in the afternoon against the death of George Floyd. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Police say 4 officers shot in St. Louis protests

Jun. 2, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ ST. LOUIS — Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with...

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Denver outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hundreds gather in Denver for 5th night of protests

Jun. 1, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of protesters gathered near the Colorado Capitol on Monday for a fifth straight night of demonstrations, which have been marred by violence, vandalism and hundreds of arrests. The group, which included Denver's police chief, marched in front of the Capitol building, chanting and...

Protesters hold their hands in the air in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Demonstrators took to the streets of New York City to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Peaceful protesters get lost in action-packed coverage

Jun. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's unrest has made for an unprecedented nightly action show on television, with control rooms that switch quickly between cars ablaze, police officers advancing on demonstrators and ransacked stores in cities across the country. What's easy to get lost are peaceful protesters...

Marchers wave signs and shout slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. Protesters gathered at the Capitol and marched through downtown Jackson voicing their displeasure with the current status of race in America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov: Protests good, but no place for 'agitators'

Jun. 1, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Protesters marched in Mississippi's capital city on Monday, with some stopping to lie on the ground outside Jackson's main police station to remember George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes. Other...

Ricketts concerned virus will flare again with protests

Jun. 1, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could see another flare-up of coronavirus cases because of the demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, but state officials concluded that allowing protesters to peacefully vent was more important than concerns about the pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday. His...

People queue up outside the DHL Express store in Hong Kong, Monday, June 1, 2020. Throngs of people lined up at DHL courier outlets across the city on Monday, many to send documents to the U.K. to apply for or renew what is known as a British National (Overseas) passport. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

Jun. 1, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom It would be the first time...