Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Anti-Terrorism Plan Spurs Suit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Anti-Terrorism Plan Spurs Suit

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WASHINGTON - A government counterterrorism initiative that collects and stores information about alleged suspicious behavior has been challenged by civil liberties groups who filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming the program leads to the investigation of people involved in no criminal activity.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, was brought on behalf of five men who said they were unfairly targeted by the government's Suspicious Activity Reporting program, created several years ago to share information that could detect, prevent or deter a terrorist attack.

The lawsuit says the men were taking photographs, buying computers or standing in a train station when they came under government scrutiny.

Gay marriage confusion

DENVER - Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls "legal chaos" as the issue makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An hour after the ruling, Denver's clerk said she would join her counterpart in the college town of Boulder in providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Couples began trickling into Denver City Hall to tie the knot Thursday afternoon.

Industrial spy sentenced

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California businessman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products.

A jury found Walter Liew, 56, guilty earlier this year on over 20 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage and trade secret theft. …

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