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Iraq's prank TV show depicting IS attacks taken off air

May. 06, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Responding to viewer outrage, Iraq's media regulator canceled a TV prank show that lured guests into simulated ambushes by militants, forcing participants and viewers to relive some of the terror and fear that were widespread under the rule of the Islamic State group. ...

Pakistani journalists' group vows to fight for press freedom

May. 03, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The media is facing growing censorship, attacks and harassment in Pakistan that are threatening freedom of the press, a committee of journalists said Monday. The government said there are no curbs on journalists in the country. ...

Arkansas session marked by culture wars, coronavirus fights

May. 01, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The 108-day Arkansas legislative session that wrapped up last week was dominated by culture war issues and the coronavirus pandemic, but lawmakers took up a long list of other items, including voting law changes, an increase in teacher salaries and tax cuts. ...

Effort to protect consumer data privacy stalls in Florida

Apr. 30, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A campaign by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help Floridians regain ownership of the troves of data that companies collect came to a halt Friday, when state lawmakers could not agree on how tightly to limit how Big Data harvests and uses people's information. ...

Hawaii lawmakers finish session after huge federal aid boost

Apr. 29, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy. ...

Alaska candidate shadowed by anti-gay article, election post

Apr. 27, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A candidate for U.S. Senate in Alaska previously wrote articles in support of an organization that espoused gay conversion therapy, questioned the integrity of elections and described the “Twilight” books and movies as evil. Many of the...

Student journalist protection bill stalls in Legislature

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have extended free-speech protections to Nebraska student journalists and their advisers stalled in the Legislature on Wednesday after advancing through an initial vote last month. Backers fell short of the support they needed...

CEOs gather to speak out against voting law changes

Apr. 11, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

More than a hundred top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss their response to restrictive voting laws under consideration in several states and already enacted in Georgia, according to a statement from organizers of the meeting. The...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

Pinterest establishes legal entity in Turkey to avoid bans

Apr. 09, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The image-sharing platform Pinterest became the latest social media company to agree to set up a legal entity in Turkey to comply with a controversial social media law. Pinterest appointed a legal representative in Turkey on Friday, Transport and...