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Facebook oversight board reviewing 'XCheck' system for VIPs

Sep. 21, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Facebook’s semi-independent oversight board says it will review the company’s “XCheck,” or cross check, system following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal into the use of this internal system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules. ...

Gabby Petito story boosted by social media, true-crime craze

Sep. 21, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The disappearance and death of Gabby Petito and the police hunt for her boyfriend have generated a whirlwind online, with a multitude of armchair detectives and others sharing tips, possible sightings and theories by way of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. ...

El Salvador president says he's world's 'coolest dictator'

Sep. 21, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in El Salvador said Tuesday she sees “a decline in democracy” the country, where President Nayib Bukele changed his Twitter profile to read “the coolest dictator in the world.” The U.S. State Department put...

New York high school football player dies after head injury

Sep. 21, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (AP) — A high school football player has died after sustaining a head injury during a weekend game, the 14-year-old's father said on social media. “We all prayed for a miracle to happen for you to be saved. Sadly, the damage was just too much,” Jason...

Column: Handling friction at Ryder Cup a European specialty

Sep. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Friction within the team is nothing new at the Ryder Cup. Except for the Americans. Europe has been dealing with it for decades, whether it was the enmity between Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia, the grievances Darren...

Defense official defends French submarine-making capability

Sep. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry used Twitter to offer a robust defense of the country's submarine-making capabilities and to criticize Australia’s decision to choose the United States as a partner in a major defense deal. Defense Ministry spokesman Herve...

Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

Sep. 21, 2021 01:51 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco...

Parents in China laud rule limiting video game time for kids

Sep. 20, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming. “If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their...

North Carolina firefighter dies after battle with COVID-19

Sep. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina firefighter has died after battling COVID-19 for more than a month. The Durham Fire Department announced the death of 45-year-old Jeremy Klemm in a Facebook post Sunday morning. The 15-year employee died late Saturday. ...

Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...