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Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics

Mar. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers' request for all of the court's active judges to conduct a rare hearing to...

The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new limit imposed by the Trump administration on visas for Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At least 13 US journalists facing expulsion from China

Mar. 18, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new visa limit imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. The Chinese government announced Wednesday that Americans working at three major U.S. newspapers would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, a member of an honor guard wears a face mask as he stands guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On Wednesday, March 17, 2020, China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media

Mar. 18, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said American citizens working...

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, Shane Fitzgerald Regional Executive Editor for Gannett works at his computer in Langhorne, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Amid decline, newspapers press less for records in court

Mar. 15, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

Shane Fitzgerald has pushed for public records in court to help his reporters uncover details of a destructive school fire, the police shooting of an inmate and a public defender who wasn't doing much work. But there are many instances where his newspaper group in suburban Philadelphia has not, especially since...

How reporters or members of the public can access legal help

Mar. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

Some legal resources for reporters, local news organizations and members of the public who seek access to public records and meetings: — Legal Assistance: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is placing attorneys in Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee to provide legal support...

Pakistan anti-graft body arrests newspaper, TV mogul Rehman

Mar. 12, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-graft body Thursday ordered the arrest of the owner and editor-in-chief of Pakistan's largest independent group of newspapers and TV stations in a decades-old case related to allegations of tax evasion in a real estate purchase. Mir Shakilur Rehman's Jang Group of...

In this Oct. 17, 2020, photo, Pakistani civil society activists hold candle vigil to pay tribute to Aziz Memon in Hyderabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan, being a dissident or even raising a critical voice is dangerous business. Rights groups say that despite the election in 2018 of a civilian government, the army still rules from behind with an iron fist. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

In Pakistan, criticism grows dangerous as dissent stifled

Mar. 11, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Being a dissident — or even raising a critical voice — in Pakistan is growing more dangerous, regardless of whether the target is political parties, the judiciary or the powerful military and security agencies. Intimidation of dissidents has increased on multiple fronts,...

Sacramento agrees to settle suit by Stephon Clark protesters

Mar. 10, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to settle a lawsuit on behalf of 84 people who were arrested during a protest over the police shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man, a lawyer said Tuesday. If a judge approves the deal, most protesters will receive $4,000...

FILE- In this May 24, 2010, file photo, an SUV with a personalized license plate is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. California may have to end most restrictions on personalized license plate language that some might find offensive, if a lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 10, 2020, prevails. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Lawsuit aims to end California license plate language limits

Mar. 10, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may have to end most restrictions on personalized license plate language that some might find offensive, if a lawsuit filed Tuesday prevails. The libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation lawsuit challenges the state Department of Motor Vehicles' current policy on free...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks after he was sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Dueling Afghan leaders both declare themselves president

Mar. 9, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's rival leaders were each sworn in as president in separate ceremonies on Monday, throwing plans for negotiations with the Taliban into chaos and creating a dilemma for the United States as it figures out how to move its peace deal with the Taliban forward. The...