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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court won't hear abortion clinic 'buffer zone' cases

Jul. 2, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday turned away pleas from anti-abortion activists to make it easier for them to protest outside clinics, declining to wade back into the abortion debate just days after striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. The justices said in a written...

FILE - Demonstrators take part in an anti-racism demonstration in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, June 7, 2020, prompted by the recent death of black man George Floyd by a white police officer in USA.  Rights activists say racism exists in Denmark and have accused officials of being color-blind, saying race issues are not acknowledged or taken seriously by the authorities. (Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix FILE via AP)

Rights activists say Danes unaware of racism in their nation

Jul. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Rights activists on Thursday accused Danish officials of being unable to recognize racism after authorities said the killing of a biracial man by two white men was not racially motivated. “In Denmark, white people are colorblind. They cannot see that racism exists. That...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, address a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. as Minnesota's new law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them went into effect. Their 26-year-old son Alec Smith died of diabetic complications in 2017 because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 1, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 1 The Miami Herald on charges being brought against police officers in Florida and holding officers accountable for their actions: And just like that, brutal officers in South Florida are being fired and charged with crimes for mistreating the public. Imagine...

Judge denies Virginia ACLU's request to bar irritant use

Jul. 1, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has denied an emergency request by lawyers from Virginia's branch of the American Civil Liberties Union to bar police from using chemical irritants or other devices to disperse protesters. Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly Snukals wrote in a seven-page order Tuesday that granting...

Katharine Chang, right, chairperson of Straits Exchange Foundation, and Chen Ming-tong, minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, unveil the plaque of the Taiwan Hong Kong Service Exchange Office during an opening ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Taiwan officially opened the specialized office to support Hong Kong people seeking to move to Taiwan after China’s passage of a national security law for Hong Kong. (AP Photo /Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

Jul. 1, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply restricting political opposition and freedom of speech. Taiwan is a self-governing democracy claimed...

Lawsuit: Kansas City, Missouri, ordinances target protesters

Jun. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights advocates sued Tuesday on behalf of three protesters who were arrested on charges of violating city ordinances during demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice in Kansas City, Missouri. The lawsuit filed against the city by the ACLU of Missouri and...

ACLU files class-action suit against Portland police, city

Jun. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has filed a class-action lawsuit against Portland Police and the city on behalf of journalists and legal observers who they say were targeted and attacked by the police while documenting protests. The suit in Federal District Court in...

Judge blocks new Indiana panhandling law from taking effect

Jun. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Indiana’s new tougher anti-panhandling law the day before it was to take effect. The preliminary injunction issued Tuesday called the Republican-backed law “an unconstitutional prohibition on the freedom of speech.” U.S. District Judge...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, photo shows the icon for TikTok taken in New York. India is banning 59 apps with Chinese links, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in a June 15 clash. The government says the banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as the e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, that are used in mobile and non-mobile devices connected to the Internet.(AP Photo, File)

India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

Jun. 30, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying their data would be transferred to an Irish subsidiary, a response to India's ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The quick workaround showed the ban was...