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FILE - In this June 18, 2007, file photo Ed Brown talks to reporters during a news conference in Plainfield, N.H. Brown is awaiting a Sept. 29, 2020, re-sentencing over a months-long armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Tax protester in 2007 standoff requests time served sentence

Sep. 19, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man up for resentencing this month over a monthslong armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction says he should be sentenced to the 13 years he has already served. Edward Brown, 78, was sentenced to 37 years in prison after the standoff at his...

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Federal appeals court strikes down transit ad space lawsuit

Sep. 14, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has struck down a policy of Philadelphia’s main transit agency that forbids advertising regarding issues it considers political or of public debate. In a ruling made public Monday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia determined the...

New Trump rule ties college funding to speech, faith rights

Sep. 9, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

The Trump administration is moving forward with a policy that expands protections for religious groups on college campuses and threatens to cut federal education funding to colleges that violate free speech rules. The rule was issued by the Education Department Wednesday, less than two months before the election,...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - A protester holds a flag during a Black Lives Matter protest Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Curfew ends in Wisconsin city ahead of visit from Joe Biden

Sep. 2, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A curfew that was in place in Kenosha for more than a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake was lifted Wednesday, another sign of increasing calm in the southeastern Wisconsin city that has been the epicenter of the latest eruption over racial injustice. The move came a day...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gavin Grimm, who has become a national face for transgender students, speaks during a news conference held by The ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia at Slover Library in Norfolk, Va. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020, that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against Grimm, a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. (Kristen Zeis/The Daily Press via AP, File)

Court: School transgender bathroom policy unconstitutional

Aug. 26, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. The ruling is a victory for transgender...

Court finds parts of anti-riot law violate free speech

Aug. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions of two members of a white supremacist group who admitted they punched and kicked counter-demonstrators during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, but found that part of an anti-riot law used to...

Anti-government protester Panupong Jadnok holds poster reading

Thai police summon 5 activists, arrest 1 for protests

Aug. 24, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Monday that they have issued summonses to five activists who spoke at an anti-government rally in front of army headquarters last month, accusing them of violating a coronavirus emergency decree that prohibits public gatherings. One of the five was arrested later Monday and...

A timeline of events related to the case of Elijah McClain

Aug. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Monday marks one year since 23-year-old Elijah McClain was stopped by police in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He was arrested, put into a choke hold and given 500 milligrams of ketamine as a sedative. Less than a week later he was dead. Following nationwide protests for racial justice...

In this still image from body camera video released by the Valdosta police, Antonio Arnelo Smith is slammed face-first to the ground by a Valdosta police sergeant, in Valdosta, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2020. The video shows Smith handing his driver's license to a police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a second officer, Sgt. Billy Wheeler, approaches him from behind, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. Smith is crying in pain when he's told there's a warrant for his arrest. Officers are then told the warrant was for someone else. (Valdosta Police via AP)

Officer denies wrongdoing in violent takedown of wrong man

Aug. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A white police officer who slammed a Black man to the ground and broke his wrist denies wrongdoing, saying he mistakenly believed the man had an outstanding arrest warrant and used force because the man resisted, the officer's attorneys said in a legal filing. Antonio Arnelo Smith...