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US joins global push against violent extremism online

May. 14, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate. ...

Judge tosses lawsuit over Virginia state senator's censure

May. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sided with the state of Virginia and tossed a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Amanda Chase over her censure by the Virginia Senate. Chase, a far-right-wing conservative state senator often at odds with even fellow...

Kansas college president accused of muting free speech fired

May. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The embattled president of Haskell Indian Nations University has been fired following an internal investigation into complaints that he violated the free speech rights of faculty and students. Ronald Graham, who began his presidency in May 2020,...

Back to square one? Trump decision still weighs on Facebook

May. 13, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

Suppose you were Mark Zuckerberg, recently ordered by an advisory board to decide how long former President Donald Trump should stay banned from Facebook. How do you make that decision without alienating key constituencies — advertisers, shareholders, users, lawmakers and others — while...

Myanmar military court gives DVB reporter 3 years in prison

May. 12, 2021 22:55 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A 51-year-old reporter for a now-banned online and broadcast news agency in Myanmar was sentenced Wednesday by a military court to three years in prison for his reporting, his employer said. Min Nyo, a correspondent for the Democratic Voice of Burma is...

Michigan Republican wants to register fact-checkers

May. 12, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican known for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election has turned his attention to those who fact-check the claims of public officials. State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration...

US looking at how to weed out extremists in law enforcement

May. 12, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has begun an internal review to determine how to remove any extremists from within federal law enforcement following the arrest of current and former police officers for their involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Attorney General Merrick...

Judge awards homeless man $150K in Missouri panhandling case

May. 12, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge says a Missouri county cannot enforce ordinances that target panhandlers and violate their free-speech rights, and has awarded $150,000 to a homeless man who was cited 31 times. Robert Fernandez has also been arrested four times in St....

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

Sun Sentinel. May 8, 2021. Editorial: OK, Florida Legislature, try not to torpedo the gambling deal The Seminole Tribe’s revenue-sharing agreement with the state has run its course, Florida is getting nothing from the piles of cash the Seminoles...

Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states

May. 12, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Illinois (AP) — Below is an analysis of public record laws in all 50 states. It is based on an analysis of statutes and court opinions as well as interviews with experts. To stay up to date with the rapidly changing laws, visit Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill...