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Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...

Judge tosses out lawsuit over law center's hate group labels

Sep. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has labeled as a hate group. The Center for Immigration Studies' lawsuit is devoid of any allegation that the law...

Lawyers say leaks prosecution violates freedom of the press

Sep. 16, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a reporter say the case should be dismissed because the law is being used to suppress freedom of the press. Daniel Hale of Nashville, Tennessee, is charged in federal court...

Baltimore bans nondisclosure provisions in some settlements

Sep. 16, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore on Monday announced an executive order that bars the city in some instances from prohibiting alleged victims of police brutality from disparaging police after they receive cash settlements. The order signed Friday by Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young applies retroactively,...

Activists seek police video of black man arrested, tethered

Sep. 16, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Protesters marched to demand the release of police body camera footage showing the arrest of a homeless black man who was tethered with a rope and paraded through a Texas city by white officers on horseback. Images shared online of the two Galveston police officers leading Donald...

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection...

First Amendment clinic launching at Tulane Law School

Sep. 14, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University in New Orleans has announced the launch of a law clinic dedicated to First Amendment rights. Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer announced the clinic in a news release. The clinic is supported by a nearly $1 million gift from the Stanton Foundation, created by Frank...

New York City looks to repeal 'gay conversion therapy' ban

Sep. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City law banning so-called gay conversion therapy would be repealed under legislation introduced Thursday over concerns that a pending federal lawsuit could lead to a decision unfavorable to the LGBTQ community if the case were to make it to the Supreme Court. Council Speaker...

New Mexico preps for Trump after past rallies sparked unrest

Sep. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico law enforcement agencies are preparing for a visit next week from President Donald Trump, three years after visits in Albuquerque sparked violence. Authorities said they will be prepared for the Trump rally Monday in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho as protesters...

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...