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Davos updates | Iran's foreign minister talks war, nuke deal

May. 26, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister sat before an audience of Western business executives and policymakers at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, fielding questions about why Iran has yet to condemn Russia for its invasion in Ukraine and why efforts to...

Hawaii governor signs student journalism protections bill

May. 23, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation providing freedom of speech and press protections to students publishing school-sponsored media at Hawaii public schools and the University of Hawaii. The “Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act” also...

Appeals court: Florida law on social media unconstitutional

May. 23, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 19, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

New York Post. May 17, 2022. Editorial: NY’s leaders still in denial on COVID reality How long will it take for New York’s leaders to catch up with evolving COVID reality? The state is spending taxpayer cash to distribute 16.5 million tests, which...

New 'disinformation' board paused amid free speech questions

May. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board's work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 18, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice. May 17, 2022. Editorial: GOP primary sets up fight for democracy Primary election day dawned this morning with Pennsylvania Republicans doing their best imitation of Pennsylvania Democrats. For months, they have watched...

Musk's China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

May. 17, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter. Other companies that want access to China give in to pressure to follow Beijing's positions on Taiwan and other issues. But...

As Musk buyout looms, Twitter searches for its soul

May. 14, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A toxic cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the world's pulse. Twitter is all these things and more to its over 229 million users around the world — politicians, journalists, activists, celebrities, weirdos and normies, cat and dog lovers and just about anyone else with an...

A timeline of billionaire Elon Musk's bid to control Twitter

May. 13, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

Elon Musk announced on Friday that his plan to buy Twitter in a proposed $44 billion deal is “ temporarily on hold ” as he tries to pinpoint the exact number of spam and fake accounts it has. Here's a look at some of what's transpired between the billionaire Tesla CEO and the...

Judge: Jackson schools infringed on educators' free speech

May. 11, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-largest school district had “vague, overbroad and unconstitutional" restrictions on educators' freedom of speech, a judge ruled. Circuit Judge Jess Dickinson on Tuesday ordered Jackson Public Schools to permanently stop enforcing...