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Newspaper goes to fed court over reporter's notes

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ALICIA A. CALDWELL | November 21, 2013 07:40 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Times wants a federal judge to force the Coast Guard to return any documents and copies of records it seized from a reporter last summer while searching her home as part of a gun investigation involving her husband.

Lawyers for the newspaper and former reporter Audrey Hudson filed the 66-page motion in federal court in Maryland on Thursday.

The motion asks that lawyers for Hudson and the newspaper be allowed to question a Coast Guard Investigative Service agent about what information from the reporter's files was shared with other government officials.

The records were seized during a search for guns and related items owned by Hudson's husband, a civilian Coast Guard employee. The Coast Guard says the records have been returned, but the newspaper also wants any copies.