Freedom of speech

November 17, 2017 - 5:44 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for a former Atlanta fire chief argued in court Friday that his client was let go for his religious beliefs, but lawyers for the city disputed that. Kelvin Cochran wrote a book called "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" for a men's Bible study and self-published it in...
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November 16, 2017 - 7:40 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Muslim student athlete who refused to observe the national anthem for religious reasons at a basketball game in Kansas has been kicked off the team following altercations with a team supporter, who accused him of disrespecting the American flag, and a coach. The case has...
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November 15, 2017 - 3:35 pm
A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Wednesday to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer Roundup to carry warning labels that it can cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento seeks an injunction barring the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Four of the five Kennesaw State cheerleaders who took a knee three weeks ago during the Kennesaw State football game, take a knee once again out of sight of the fans under the visitors' bleachers, during the national anthem before an NCAA college football game between Kennesaw State and Gardner-Webb in Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw State, which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem, has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies. (Kelly J. Huff/The Marietta Daily Journal via AP, File)
November 08, 2017 - 8:40 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia university which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies. This time, it will be at a game where military...
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Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy gestures during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 21, 2017 - 8:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump. Van Gundy was asked before Friday night's game against the Wizards what he hoped would...
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Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
October 11, 2017 - 2:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don't stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business...
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Napa County firefighter Jason Sheumann sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 09, 2017 - 6:17 pm
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. --------------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING --------------------------- TRUMP-RUSSIA-ALLIES — Will not move this cycle. NLDS-NATIONALS-CUBS — Game under way. ALDS-INDIANS-YANKEES — Game starts at 7:08 p...
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October 09, 2017 - 3:10 pm
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October 09, 2017 - 12:20 pm
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: Adds NFL line on anthem protests. Changes angle on U.S. Soccer preview. — BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox try to stave off elimination and even up their AL Division...
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In this June 29, 2017 photo, Joseph Smith, 32, a U.S. Army veteran, sits outside his home in Houston's Freedmen's Town. Smith says he was not offended by NFL players protesting the national anthem. A silent protest initially started by a San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year in response to police killings of minorities has become a measure on patriotism and the nation's symbols, drawing heated responses from some including President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
October 08, 2017 - 2:41 am
FREEDMEN'S TOWN, Texas (AP) — When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn't offended — he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw it as patriotic. "It's not an insult against the...
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