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In this June 2, 2020 photo, journalist Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at the Revolutionary Court, in Tehran, Iran. Iran. The judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, announced Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that Zam, a journalist whose online work helped inspire the 2017 economic protests and who returned from exile to Tehran was sentenced to death. The Persian writing on the podium reads,

Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam's website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings...

Power outages reported along Colombia's Caribbean coast

Jun. 24, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A power blackout Wednesday hit several large cities near Colombia’s Caribbean coast that are experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases, raising worries about operations at hospitals treating COVID-19 cases. The mayor of the popular tourist destination of Cartagena warned...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Twitter flags Trump's tweet of doctored 'racist baby' video

Jun. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

Twitter has slapped another label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, this time warning that a video he shared was doctored and escalating the social media company's crackdown on one of its most widely followed users. After Trump tweeted the video late Thursday, Twitter took the rare step of adding a warning...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Peter Jackson poses for photographers at the BAFTA awards in London. Jackson's company, Weta Digital, one of the world’s premier visual effects companies, will begin producing original content. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Peter Jackson to make original animated content for Weta

Jun. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Weta Digital, the Academy Award-winning visual effects company that made “The Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar” possible, is making original animated content for cinemas and streaming for the first time in its 25-year history. The company also said Thursday that Prem Akkaraju had joined...

An anti-government protester, right, sits near Lebanese army soldiers standing guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities in mostly peaceful gatherings against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon protesters call on government to resign amid crisis

Jun. 13, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress. The protests come after two days of rallies spurred by a dramatic collapse of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Maryland guard Jaylen Brantley walks on the court in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, in College Park, Md. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players accused makers of the “Fortnite” video game of misappropriating a dance move that the ex-teammates popularized. U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm in Maryland ruled FridayMay 29, 2020, that the Copyright Act preempts claims that Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley filed in February 2019 against Epic Games Inc., creator of the wildly popular online shooting game.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Judge tosses ex-basketball players' 'Fortnite' dance lawsuit

Jun. 1, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players accused makers of the “Fortnite” video game of misappropriating a dance move that the ex-teammates popularized. U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm in...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

In this April 20, 2017 photo released by NBC,  Jimmy Fallon, host of

Fallon apologizes for using blackface in 20-year-old skit

May. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC “Tonight” show host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that “there is no excuse for this.” Discussion of...

Canadian pastor David Lah, covered with face shield and mask, is escorted by police upon arrival at a township court for his first court appearance Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Yangon, Myanmar. Pastor Lah attended a court hearing related to charges filed against him for allegedly organizing public Christian activities in Yangon back in April, after the regional government banned mass gatherings in mid-March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Canadian pastor held in Myanmar for flouting gathering rule

May. 20, 2020 3:51 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Canadian pastor charged in Myanmar with violating a ban on large gatherings made his first court appearance after being released from a quarantine reportedly because he had contracted COVID-19. David Lah was charged in mid-April and faces possible punishment of up to three years in...

FILE - In this April 9, 2008 file photo, chef David Chang prepares vegetables for dinner at Momofuku Ko in New York City. A report says Asian Americans more than any other group are using digital devices and streaming services to watch TV. The Nielsen company study made public Monday says Asian Americans are becoming key consumers and influencers in entertainment and gaming.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Asian Americans lead in internet-based TV use, study shows

May. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

Asian Americans, more than any other group, are using digital devices and streaming services for their television viewing, according to a report made public Monday. The Nielsen company study said that Asian Americans are becoming key consumers and influencers in entertainment and gaming. And Asian Americans are...