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Ethiopia seeks to restrict media reporting on yearlong war

Nov. 26, 2021 08:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government has issued a new order aiming to restrict media reporting of the country’s yearlong war, prohibiting the sharing of non-official information on “military-related movements, battlefront results and situations.” The...

Pakistan woman journalist targeted in eastern city of Lahore

Nov. 25, 2021 13:31 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An assailant targeted a female Pakistani journalist in the eastern city of Lahore while she was driving with her daughter and sister late at night, the police said Thursday. The attacker used an iron bar to smash the car’s front windshield in...

Montgomery faces fine, lawsuit for dropping Confederate name

Nov. 25, 2021 11:39 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital city last month removed the Confederate president's name from an avenue and renamed it after a lawyer known for his work during the civil rights movement. Now the state attorney general says the city must pay a fine or face a...

White House: 92% of fed workers under mandate are vaccinated

Nov. 24, 2021 16:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration's vaccine mandate for millions of federal workers seems to be working, with no apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel. On Tuesday, one day after the deadline for compliance, 92% of the...

Appeals court: Albuquerque ordinance violates 1st Amendment

Nov. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an Albuquerque ordinance aimed at curbing panhandling in certain places wasn't sufficiently narrow to avoid violating First Amendment rights. The city's ordinance prohibits...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 21 The Chicago Tribune on the aftershocks of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle...

School cook who wrote 'Let's Go Brandon' on menu fired

Nov. 24, 2021 11:03 AM EST

WALDEN, Vt. (AP) — The head cook at a Vermont school has been fired for writing “Let's Go Brandon" — a euphemism for a vulgarity targeting President Joe Biden — on a menu calendar and leaving work early. The Walden School termination letter for Alex McGregor said...

Journalists released after arrest at B.C. pipeline dispute

Nov. 22, 2021 21:37 PM EST

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia (AP) — A photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker have been released by a Canadian judge, three days after being arrested while covering police enforcement of an injunction against pipeline protests in northern British Columbia. Amber...

WVa court dissolves injunction in paycheck union dues suit

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court on Monday gave a temporary setback to labor groups who challenged a new law prohibiting union dues or fees from being withheld from state employee paychecks. The five-member court said a Kanawha County circuit judge...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska educators, worn down in the COVID era, need relief This school year, many thought, would be a time when Omaha-area schools would make major strides toward getting back to “normal” in the wake...