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Internet-ordained ministers sue Tennessee over marriage ban

Jun. 26, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law barring ministers ordained online from officiating at marriage ceremonies is being challenged in federal court. The Universal Life Church Monastery is suing to block the law from taking effect July 1, saying it violates the freedoms of speech and religion enshrined...

Hong Kong court throws out ex-leader's misconduct conviction

Jun. 26, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Wednesday threw out former Chief Executive Donald Tsang's conviction for misconduct relating to a property deal while in office. Tsang was released in January after serving a 12-month sentence for failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment from a businessman...

Australia media demand press freedom law reforms after raids

Jun. 26, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand legal reforms that would prevent journalists from risking imprisonment for doing their jobs. The demands came after unprecedented raids against media organizations by police searching for leaked...

North Dakota abortion clinic files federal suit over 2 laws

Jun. 25, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over two state laws it believes forces doctors to lie, including one measure passed this year requiring physicians to tell women that they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. The...

Kansas to allow trans residents to change birth certificates

Jun. 24, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow transgender people to change their birth certificates so the documents reflect their gender identities under a legal settlement that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's young administration and LGBTQ-rights advocates announced Monday. The agreement ends a federal lawsuit...

Justices order court records unsealed in Alabama execution

Jun. 24, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered court filings unsealed related to a recent execution in Alabama. Justices granted a request from NPR and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to make the court filings public without having portions blacked out. The filings...

Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation

Jun. 24, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A senior Facebook executive says the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet. Nick Clegg, the former leader of the U.K. Liberal Democrat party who now heads global affairs for Facebook, says it is not "for private companies" to decide...

Democrats look to other lawsuits to block GOP lame-duck laws

Jun. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session just before Gov. Scott Walker left office are putting their hopes behind a federal court challenge following a resounding legal defeat Friday. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court,...

Controversial telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak

Jun. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred. The state announced a "notice to proceed" for...

Seattle campaign finance program gives voters $100 to donate

Jun. 19, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood. It's a tradition for political hopefuls. And for Murakami, a two-time council contender, it's her main fundraising...