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Adult websites complying with new Utah warning label law

Nov. 25, 2020 8:12 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some adult entertainment websites have started to comply with a new Utah law requiring warning labels on pornographic material online. The websites Pornhub, XTube and RedTube attached an opt-in notification for visitors stating that Utah believes pornographic materials can be harmful...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Nov. 25, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Nov. 22 The TimesDaily on public access during the coronavirus pandemic: One of the greatest losses of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the public’s access to local government. Many of our city and county governments have used the pandemic as an excuse to...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference after delivering her policy address in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam lauded the city's new national security law on Wednesday as

Hong Kong leader lauds new security law despite criticism

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law on Wednesday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free speech and political opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese...

FILE - In this May 24, 2010, file photo, an SUV with a personalized license plate is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal judge said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, that California can’t ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency,” because that violates freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Judge: California can't ban offensive license plates

Nov. 24, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case filed in March against Department of Motor...

ACLU of Indiana sues school officials over T-shirt dispute

Nov. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing officials at a northern Indiana school, alleging that they violated a Black student's constitutional rights by sending him home for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the text, “I hope I don’t get killed for being...

Dartmouth center to look at computation, government, people

Nov. 21, 2020 2:16 PM EST

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College has created an academic center to focus on the role of computation and its relationship to individuals and government. The Susan and James Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities will use tools such as computer simulations, artificial...

AG, private school sue over order closing in-person classes

Nov. 21, 2020 12:20 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a private school in a lawsuit against Gov. Andy Beshear, arguing that a school closure order not only violated state law but also the First Amendment. Earlier this week, the Democratic governor announced that most public and private...

Court puts halt on local conversion therapy bans in Florida

Nov. 20, 2020 6:00 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court is blocking the enforcement of local ordinances in Florida that ban therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ minors. The ruling issued Friday could put similar prohibitions at risk. The U.S. 11th District Court of Appeals in Atlanta...

California city to pay teens $100,000 after rough arrest

Nov. 20, 2020 5:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California city of Delano has agreed to pay more than $100,000 to four teenagers to settle a lawsuit accusing police of falsely handcuffing and arresting them last year as the group walked to a school to pick up prom tickets. Under terms of the agreement announced Friday by the...

FILE— In this May 30, 2019 file photo, graduates of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold aloft inflatable globes as they celebrate graduating during Harvard University's commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials

Nov. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A petition circulating at Harvard University demands new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. The online open letter calls for a new “system of...