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Hong Kong June 4 vigil organizers to disband amid crackdown

Sep. 25, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong group that had organized annual vigils in remembrance of victims of the Chinese military’s crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests voted to disband Saturday amid an ongoing crackdown on independent political activism in the...

Muscogee citizens approve press protections for tribal media

Sep. 24, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

Muscogee Nation voters have approved press protections for their tribe's news enterprise. Citizens voted 1,914 to 596 last week to amend the tribe’s constitution to include press protections and mandate funding for Mvskoke Media, Indian Country Today reported. ...

Wisconsin teenager wins lawsuit over COVID social media post

Sep. 24, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school student on Friday won a federal lawsuit she brought against a sheriff who threatened her with jail time early in the COVID-19 pandemic if she didn't remove social media posts saying she had the virus. U.S. District Judge...

Judge considers request to block Arizona abortion law

Sep. 22, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for several Arizona abortion providers urged a federal judge Wednesday to block a new state law that would allow prosecutors to charge doctors who knowingly terminate a pregnancy solely because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. ...

Vegas-area board: Virus falsehoods are public health crisis

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The elected board with oversight of the Las Vegas Strip has joined at least one other jurisdiction declaring COVID-19 misinformation a public health crisis creating “a culture of mistrust” and prolonging the coronavirus pandemic. A divided vote by...

Indiana school sued over treatment of LGBT student group

Sep. 22, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana school district was sued Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union after a group that supports LGBT students said it has been barred from promoting its meetings. The free speech rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Pendleton...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

Lithuanian agency warns against use of Chinese-made phones

Sep. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian cybersecurity experts are urging the country's government agencies to abandon the use of Chinese smartphone brands after an investigation identified security vulnerabilities and censorship concerns with certain devices. Lithuania’s...

Judge: NPR can air recordings of newspaper shooting trial

Sep. 22, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — National Public Radio can air audio recordings from the trial of the gunman who killed five Capital Gazette newspaper employees in 2018, a federal judge has ruled in a case challenging Maryland's ban on broadcasting court proceedings. U.S....