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For ‘Occupy Fresno,’ First Amendment trumped by county ordinance

For the third night in a row, protesters with “Occupy Fresno” were arrested for gathering in a public park, apparently in violation of a county ordinance that labeled them trespassers. At least 20 were arrested over the weekend. Nine more were led away in handcuffs on Monday night. While they could have…

Judge blocks graphic warnings on cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Monday blocked the government’s attempt to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, saying big tobacco was likely to succeed in arguing it was a violation of free speech. The full-color warning labels, including diseased lungs and a cancerous mouth lesion, would serve as…