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Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

Nov. 20, 2019 8:45 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit filed by the...

Evers signs bill making it a felony to trespass on pipelines

Nov. 20, 2019 6:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin, a measure that opponents said would violate free speech rights and disproportionately affect Native Americans whose lands are often affected by...

Snowden: Lawsuit targeting his book is selective enforcement

Nov. 20, 2019 5:56 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Former CIA contractor Edward Snowden says the government is unfairly singling him out in a lawsuit that seeks to block him from profiting off his best-selling memoir. The U.S. says Snowden’s book, “Permanent Record,” violates secrecy agreements he signed when...

Ohio county reworks panhandling law to settle lawsuit

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An county council in Ohio on Monday revamped its law restricting panhandling to settle a lawsuit that said the previous ordinance restricted free speech rights by criminalizing the act of giving or receiving donations. The Akron Beacon Journal reported the Summit County Council voted to...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

Nov. 18, 2019 9:07 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr....

An Ivy League protest stirs emotions among military students

Nov. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Veterans Day protest in which a student dressed in black placed red-painted latex gloves around a display of small American flags at Yale University has stirred some controversy at the Ivy League school, which has been working to improve its image among military students. Senior...

Dutch court sentences Pakistani of threat to kill Wilders

Nov. 18, 2019 1:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani man Monday to 10 years in prison for plotting a terror attack on anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. The 27-year-old man, whose identity was not released by The Hague District Court, was given a higher sentence Monday than the six years...

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearings and that Trump tweet

Nov. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was just exercising his right to free speech. Democrats said he was intimidating a witness. Whichever is the case, Trump’s Twitter assault on an ex-ambassador’s record came with a heavy dose of distortion. He portrayed her, in a few choice...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

Nov. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s culture minister on Friday awarded the annual Tucholsky literary prize to a Chinese author despite a threat from the Chinese ambassador to ban her from entering the country. Author Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede and co-owner of a Hong Kong store that sold gossipy books...

Judge denies Memphis request to change surveillance order

Nov. 15, 2019 4:46 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, has denied a request to modify a decades-old order barring the city from engaging in surveillance of protesters and activists. U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla’s ruling Wednesday responds to a sealed motion by the city of Memphis seeking to...