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Judge: Man who harassed officers was exercising free speech

Jul. 15, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An appellate judge on Thursday dismissed disorderly conduct charges against a man who stood outside a police garage in Wisconsin and insulted off-duty officers, saying he was exercising his free speech rights. According to court documents, Aaron...

Lawsuit challenges New Orleans online policy for employees

Jul. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A policy governing the use of online social media and platforms by employees of the city of New Orleans unconstitutionally limits free speech, a lawsuit filed Thursday by two of the city's library system employees claims. The Tulane First Amendment...

Dominica fights to save Creole forged by slaves in Caribbean

Jul. 02, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The elementary school student stood up, pulled down her face mask and leaned into the microphone. She swallowed hard before trying to spell the word “discover” in French Creole. “D-E-K-O-V-I” she tried as she clasped her hands behind...

Dominica fights to save Creole forged by slaves in Caribbean

Jul. 01, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The elementary school student stood up, pulled down her face mask and leaned into the microphone. She swallowed hard before trying to spell the word “discover” in French Creole. “D-E-K-O-V-I” she tried as she clasped her hands behind...

Judge tosses Afghanistan fraud case, cites years of delays

Jun. 23, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out all charges against six defendants accused of cheating the government by supplying unqualified linguists to serve in Afghanistan, ruling that the government waited too long to bring the case to trial. ...

India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

Jun. 16, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has...

Attorney general to appeal hate crime ruling on racist rant

Jun. 09, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's decision that a woman did not commit a hate crime when she directed a profanity-laced rant at a Black family at a restaurant. Christine Longo, who is white, was convicted of misdemeanor...

Venezuela asks Spain to extradite leading opposition figure

May. 25, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela has filed a request to get a prominent opposition activist extradited from Spain to complete the remaining 8 years of a 14-year prison sentence for instigating violence in antigovernment protests and other alleged crimes, The Associated Press learned Tuesday. ...

Arrests in UK over claims antisemitic abuse hurled from cars

May. 16, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police arrested four people on Sunday over videos posted on social media that appeared to show violent antisemitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars driving through London. The footage appears to show several cars adorned with...

In the French language, steps forward and back for women

May. 08, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French...