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FILE - Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.   On Friday, Jan. 22, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming Kamala Harris put her hand on a purse instead of a Bible during her swearing in.  (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen last week

Jan. 22, 2021 2:08 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Troops facing away from Biden motorcade were watching for security threats...

YouTube bans German channel that spread virus misinformation

Jan. 22, 2021 1:12 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Google says it has banned a prominent German user of its YouTube video platform who had repeatedly posted false claims about the coronavirus outbreak. Google said Friday that a YouTube channel known as KenFM was no longer available and that the person operating it would not be allowed to...

Minnesota Democrats unveil bill to expand voter access

Jan. 21, 2021 7:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are aiming to expand election protections and access to the ballot box after an election that featured disinformation and doubt about the results. The bill, with voting rights lawyer and freshman Democrat Rep. Emma Greenman of Minneapolis as chief author, has a...

FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for his arraignment in Newark, N.J. The prominent Florida eye doctor, convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million, got out of prison early on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence just hours before his term ended. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Florida eye doctor gets clemency from Trump in health fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dr. Salomon Melgen once held political fundraisers at his palatial Florida home, hung out with prominent Democrats including New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and made millions of dollars through his eye care practice. The problem, according to federal prosecutors, was that Melgen...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Smooth Psaki shows new tone in first Biden press briefing

Jan. 20, 2021 9:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If there's one thing clear after White House press secretary Jen Psaki's first session with reporters on Wednesday, it's that she's determined to minimize drama in the briefing room. Her 31-minute news conference stood in stark contrast to Sean Spicer's first time before reporters four...

Ex-Lawmaker disbarred by Louisiana Supreme Court

Jan. 20, 2021 4:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney who once served in the Louisiana Senate was disbarred Wednesday by the state Supreme Court. Wesley Bishop had pleaded guilty last year after prosecutors said he lied to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prosecutors said he falsely claimed he had tenants...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington

Jan. 20, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on with this: “We were...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gestures as he talks to media during a press conference at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai officials on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, filed criminal charges against Thanathorn, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting his criticisms of the government's efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

Jan. 20, 2021 4:56 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines. The action against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit came just a day after...

The moon rises over the West Wing of the White House, on President Donald Trump's last day in office, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. The Marine guard at the entrance signifies the president is in the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's farewell falsehoods

Jan. 19, 2021 8:22 PM EST

On his way out, President Donald Trump claimed credit for things he didn't do and twisted his record on jobs, taxes, the pandemic and much more. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks to the country. As well, in noting Americans were “horrified” by the storming of the Capitol this month, he...