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Idaho officials recommend ways to prevent school shootings

Sep. 28, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Schools should set up confidential tip lines that can be used by students and others to report concerning behavior as a way to prevent school shootings, a report reviewing an eastern Idaho school shooting said. That’s one of 29 recommendations in...

Man who posted FBI gang chart on social media gets probation

Sep. 28, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A young Detroit-area man who snapped a photo of a gang chart while cleaning an FBI office and posted it on social media was sentenced Tuesday to probation. Publicizing the chart could have caused a “bloodbath,” said U.S. District Judge Linda Parker. ...

False alarm during active shooter training at Florida base

Sep. 28, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 911 call about an active shooter sent police and first responders to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida's Panhandle on Tuesday morning, but it turned out the caller did not realize officials were conducting an active shooter training exercise, the base said in a...

Officer on administrative duty after forceful arrest

Sep. 28, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Wilmington officer has been placed on administrative duty after video circulating on social media showed him repeatedly banging a man’s head during an arrest, news outlets report. The Wilmington Police Department said its Office of...

'The Big Delete:' Inside Facebook's crackdown in Germany

Sep. 28, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

Days before Germany’s federal elections, Facebook took what it called an unprecedented step: the removal of a series of accounts that worked together to spread COVID-19 misinformation and encourage violent responses to COVID restrictions. The crackdown, announced Sept....

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is holding off on kids' Instagram

Sep. 28, 2021 06:09 AM EDT

Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids' version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what’s not yet clear is just...

The Latest: Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and up

Sep. 28, 2021 03:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 or above to protect them from coronavirus. The announcement on Tuesday by Asad Umar comes amid a steady decline in fatalities from coronavirus across the...

FACT FOCUS: AZ election review spurs false claims online

Sep. 27, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

Presenting its findings in a six-month-long review of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona’s largest county on Friday, a Republican-backed cybersecurity firm ended in much the same place where it began: without any evidence to contradict certified election results showing Joe Biden...

Arkansas AG hopeful proposes court action on COVID misinfo

Sep. 27, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas, where health officials have struggled with resistance to the coronavirus vaccine, on Monday vowed if elected to take social media companies to court for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. ...

DeSantis asks secretary of state to investigate Facebook

Sep. 27, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis asked Florida's secretary of state to investigate Facebook on Monday based on a news article that reported the social media company gives preferential treatment to politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and other prominent...