Open government

May 29, 2019 - 10:21 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida. The Republican governor then signed...
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May 28, 2019 - 4:20 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel. The lawsuit argues that the meeting, scheduled for...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden, after an explosion ripped a hole in the U.S Navy destroyer. A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)
April 16, 2019 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. An appellate panel in Washington said Tuesday that a military judge improperly continued to...
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The redacted, right, and the unredacted versions of the biographical intelligence file report on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from 1975 is photographed on April 15, 2019, in Washington. In 2003, the Defense Intelligence Agency declassified the documents that included a biographical sketch of Pinochet. Attorney General William Barr’s announcement that he would release a “redacted” version of Mueller’s findings will likely set off a long debate over what’s behind the darkened patches. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
April 15, 2019 - 11:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment Maureen Sullivan at a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on PFAS chemicals and their risks on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Pentagon defends its handling and continued use of a toxic firefighting foam that it acknowledges has contaminated water around more than 400 military bases, as military families and officials from states testify on the health and financial tolls. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
March 20, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has put a price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at military installations: nearly $300,000. In a March 12 letter, the Army told the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group, that the military would charge the group $290,...
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March 16, 2019 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president had a complete fracture of his neck "at or near the time of his death" in a Washington hotel room in 2015. The documents from the city's medical examiner were released to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, a police officer wears a newly-issued body camera outside in New York. In 2018, the New York City Police Department, the nation’s largest, stopped releasing body camera video after a police union successfully argued in court that they were confidential personnel records. But the department vowed in February 2019 to continue releasing video of officer-involved shootings after an appeals court ruled that the union’s argument “would defeat the purpose of the body-worn-camera program.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
March 13, 2019 - 2:14 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The video is brief but disturbing: An officer is seen striking an unarmed suspect with his pistol as the man falls into the grass. An autopsy would later show he died from a gunshot to the back of the head. After the death last July of 26-year-old Daniel Fuller in Devils Lake...
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March 05, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and potentially violate the Freedom of Information Act. In a letter sent to Acting Interior Secretary David...
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A youth, right, who was injured in clashes with Venezuelan National Guardsmen, who are blocking the entry of U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid on the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, is carried by medics to a safe zone in La Parada, Colombia, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. The delivery of humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation has faltered amid strong resistance from security forces who remain loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
February 25, 2019 - 9:38 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an open meeting Tuesday on the latest events in Venezuela at the request of the United States. U.N. political chief Rosemary DiCarlo is expected to brief the...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who long oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is warning against leveling public allegations against people when there's not enough evidence to prosecute them. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's comments at an event Monday come as Mueller's Russia...
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