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Iowa lawmakers pass bill seeking to stop farm investigations

Apr. 13, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers for the fourth time have approved restrictions aimed at stopping animal welfare activists from documenting animal abuse at livestock farms. The Iowa House passed the latest bill Monday night and the state Senate approved it last...

DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked YouTube and its parent company Google on Monday, accusing the tech giant of censorship for its decision last week to remove from its platform video of a coronavirus discussion he organized where his panel criticized lockdowns...

Michigan woman sues official who showed rifle during meeting

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

A 74-year-old woman filed a federal lawsuit Monday against her Michigan county and a county commissioner who displayed a rifle during a live-streamed public meeting after she asked the elected board to reject groups such as the Proud Boys. Patricia MacIntosh's lawsuit...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Apr. 12, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Stop the threats There are a plethora of ways to vent frustration with the ongoing disruptions we’re all living through because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For that matter,...

Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

9 Texans sue state AG Paxton for blocking users on Twitter

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Texans have sued state Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming he blocked them on Twitter for criticizing him or his policies in comments responding to his tweets. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Austin, asks a judge to declare...

Appeals court sides with Wisconsin governor on press access

Apr. 09, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, upholding a ruling from a lower court. ...

Israeli university heads defend free speech in prize dispute

Apr. 09, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Presidents of Israeli universities released a joint letter Friday criticizing the government's decision to withhold the country's most prestigious prize from a scholar over his political views, saying it “severely harms free speech and free thought.” ...

UK offers $59 million to help Hong Kong migrants settle down

Apr. 08, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The British government said Thursday it is setting up a 43 million pound ($59 million) fund to help migrants from Hong Kong settle in the country as they escape increasing political repression in the former colony. The offer extends to holders of...

Florida GOP passes bill to assess political bias on campus

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

Public universities in Florida would have to survey, protect and promote political views on their campuses, according to a bill that the state Senate sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday. The measure comes as Republicans accuse universities across the nation...