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Jul. 7, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

South Bend Tribune. July 2, 2020. St. Joseph County health officials make the right call on masks This week, in the midst of a pandemic that shows no signs of going away any time soon, St. Joseph County public health officials made a common-sense, responsible, science-based decision. They extended the...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Jul. 7, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their...

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva holds a bunch of flowers after a court session in Pskov, Russia, Monday, July 6, 2020. A court in the city of Pskov convicted Prokopyeva on charges of condoning terrorism on Monday and ordered her to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. (AP Photo)

Russian journalist fined in case that drew broad outrage

Jul. 6, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on charges of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. The court in the city of Pskov found Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” and...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas newspaper's post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

Jul. 4, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the...

Shareholder fined $1K over comments about Alaska regulator

Jul. 4, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Financial regulators have fined a shareholder of an urban Alaska Native company $1,000 over comments made on social media about inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight. Goldbelt Inc. shareholder Ray Austin complained to the Alaska Division of Banking &...

Seattle police subpoena photos, video of protests from media

Jul. 3, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department has gone to court to gain access to unpublished media images from the May 30 protests as part of an investigation to identify who allegedly helped set police vehicles on fire and stole firearms from them. The Seattle Times reports the SPD is demanding the...

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...

In this March 3, 2020 photo released by the University of Maryland via the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C., officials confer under a railroad overpass on L Street NE, about eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, before garbage trucks and front loaders remove the homeless encampment there. (Susannah Outhier/University of Maryland via AP)

Cities try to arrest their way out of homeless problems

Jun. 29, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nine years he has been homeless, Kenneth Shultz has spent one of every three nights in jail. The 71-year-old retiree has been charged with trespassing 96 times, including after he fell asleep behind gas stations, outside office buildings and in a city park. His 1,034...

Hogan proclaims day honoring paper's slain employees

Jun. 28, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a proclamation marking June 28 as “Freedom of the Press Day” in honor of the five employees of the Capital Gazette killed in a newsroom shooting two years ago. “Two years ago today, five Marylanders lost their lives to a heinous...

New advertising campaign promotes the First Amendment

Jun. 26, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third of Americans cannot name even one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, according to Ken Paulson. The director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University aims to change that with a new advertising campaign. No one has ever...