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Court rules for AP in document fight

WASHINGTON  A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over FBI documents. The case began after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist while investigating bomb threats at a Washington state high school.

When the ruse became public in 2014, the AP and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press attempted to get government records about the case and any other times FBI agents have impersonated journalists. After initially getting no records from the FBI, the organizations sued. Though some documents were produced, the organizations argued the agency's response was inadequate. 

On Friday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed. Judge David Tatel wrote the FBI "failed to demonstrate" it conducted an adequate search. 

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