Open government

Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren is seen in a May 29, 2019 booking photo provided by the Bacon County Sheriff Department. Prosecutors on May 29 charged Cothren with elder abuse, battery and violating his oath of office after a 75-year-old man reported the sheriff to Alma police a week earlier. The booking photo of Cothren was released five days after his arrest in response to an open records request. A county attorney provided Cothren's booking photo Monday in response to an open records request from the AP. (Bacon County Sheriff Department via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 4:35 pm
ALMA, Ga. (AP) — The booking photo of a rural Georgia sheriff has been released five days after his arrest in response to an open records request. Prosecutors on May 29 charged Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren with elder abuse, battery and violating his oath of office after a 75-year-old man...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, second from right, meets with representatives of Rafael, a military and defense technologies development firm, during a trade visit to Israel Monday May 27, 2019. DeSantis is leading a delegation on a four-day trade mission to help boost the state's economy and solidify its bonds with Israel. (Jeff Schweers/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 11:21 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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With the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters Monday, May 27, 2019, ahead of the first full day of a Florida trade delegation trip to Israel. DeSantis is leading a delegation on a four-day trade mission to help boost the state's economy and solidify its bonds with Israel. (Jeff Schweers/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
May 28, 2019 - 5:20 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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May 07, 2019 - 8:05 am
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is suing Horry County police for not providing him with evidence from his case. The Sun News reports John Kubilis is accusing the department of violating the Freedom of Information Act. Kubilis was arrested in March 2018 on charges including unlawful...
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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 - 5:59 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 16, 2019 - 12:11 am
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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April 08, 2019 - 3:48 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Longtime Associated Press South Carolina Bureau Chief John Shurr has been inducted into the South Carolina Press Association Hall of Fame. The association honored the late Shurr at its annual meeting Saturday. He died in 2015. Shurr was the AP's bureau chief in South Carolina...
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March 20, 2019 - 11:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army is putting a nearly $300,000 price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at its installations. The Army told the Environmental Working Group in a March 12 letter that it would charge $290,400 to provide records of water tests for...
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March 16, 2019 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president sustained 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...
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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 - 11:33 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The video is brief but disturbing: An officer is seen hitting an unarmed suspect with his pistol as the man falls into the grass. An autopsy would later show that he died from a gunshot to the back of the head. After the death last July of 26-year-old Daniel Fuller in Devils...
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