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Mel Silva, right, the managing director of Google Australia and New Zealand, appears via a video link during a Senate inquiry into a mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content.  (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Jan. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying “we don't respond to threats.” ...

Boston Globe may review past stories, citing racial equity

Jan. 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A new racial justice initiative at The Boston Globe will allow subjects of past news articles to apply to have the coverage updated or anonymized, the newspaper announced Friday. The Fresh Start initiative is meant to address the lasting impact that online news stories about...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale said Thursday Jan. 21, 2021, paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Google, French publishers sign copyright news payment deal

Jan. 21, 2021 6:39 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content. After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale said Thursday that they agreed to set up a...

1 dead in crash after motorcycles go wrong way on Bay Bridge

Jan. 18, 2021 1:19 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A passenger on a motorcycle died Sunday night after a collision involving multiple vehicles amid a wave of motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles driving the wrong direction on the Bay Bridge in California. Multiple videos posted online and shared by news outlets showed dozens of...

Historic Rhode Island newspapers digitized, available online

Jan. 17, 2021 8:32 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The archives of several historic Rhode Island newspapers have been digitized and are now freely available for researchers, the Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society said. The newspapers were digitized with the help of a $250,000 grant from the National...

Boston firefighter sex discrimination case settled for $3.2M

Jan. 12, 2021 3:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston firefighter who said she was sexually harassed by male colleagues while on the job, then denied a better position as retaliation for reporting the harassment, has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the city, her attorneys said Tuesday. The agreement with Nathalie Fontanez...

FILE- In this Dec. 26, 2017 file photo, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, left, and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, pose for the photographers during their wedding reception in Mumbai, India. Anushka Sharma has given birth to a baby girl, her husband and captain of the country’s men’s national cricket team, Virat Kohli, said Monday, declaring that the couple was beyond blessed to start “this new chapter of our lives.”  (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)

India cricket captain, Bollywood star announce birth of baby

Jan. 11, 2021 6:55 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has given birth to a baby girl, her husband and captain of the country’s national cricket team, Virat Kohli, said Monday, declaring that the couple was beyond blessed to start “this new chapter of our lives.” “We thank you all...

Oakland vows to 'root out' cops who endorse Capitol takeover

Jan. 9, 2021 1:34 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations that its officers endorsed or participated on social media accounts that contain objectionable content about the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “Whether on or off duty, employees of OPD are...

A woman receives a coronavirus vaccine from medical staff at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. With elections approaching in March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has placed his world-leading vaccination drive at the center of his re-election campaign launching an aggressive media blitz portraying him as almost singlehandedly leading the country out of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Netanyahu reelection hopes hinge on vaccination campaign

Jan. 6, 2021 7:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — For media-obsessed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the coronavirus vaccine has arrived just in time. With elections approaching in March, Netanyahu has placed his world-leading vaccination drive at the center of his reelection campaign — launching an aggressive media blitz...

In this image taken from a video, Hong Kong's Democratic Party member and former lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, center, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Hong Kong police arrested about 50 pro-democracy figures Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in an unofficial primary election last year held to increase their chances of controlling the legislature, according to political parties and local media. (TVB via AP)

Hong Kong arrests 53 activists under national security law

Jan. 6, 2021 10:27 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature last year. The mass arrests were the largest move against Hong...