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

Dec. 6, 2019 2:54 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has been...

Putin signs bill targeting journalists and bloggers

Dec. 3, 2019 3:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents. The bill extends an existing law involving foreign-funded media outlets. That was adopted in 2017 in response to the...

Organization announces funding for 250 local journalists

Dec. 2, 2019 4:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that is trying to bolster the struggling local news industry said Monday that it will help fund the hiring of 250 journalists across the country next year. That's a sharp increase from the 61 journalists put in the field this year by Report for America, an initiative of the...

Disputing harassment claims, Domingo says he’s a gentleman

Nov. 29, 2019 3:04 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Placido Domingo is disputing allegations of sexual harassment against him, saying he has always behaved like a gentleman but that “gallant gestures are viewed differently nowadays.” The 78-year-old Spanish opera legend told the Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial in an...

Town parade canceled over possible Confederate float issues

Nov. 29, 2019 10:12 AM EST

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town has canceled its annual Christmas parade over possible issues with a float sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Garner spokesman Rick Mercier tells The News & Observer that online chatter about the float led officials to conclude the event could be...

Bodies of victims found in UK truck repatriated to Vietnam

Nov. 26, 2019 11:45 PM EST

DIEN CHAU, Vietnam (AP) — Media reports in Vietnam say the bodies of 16 of the 39 Vietnamese who died when human traffickers carried them by truck to England last month have been repatriated to their homeland. The news website VNExpress says the bodies arrived Wednesday morning on a flight that landed in...

Journalist briefly abducted in Mexico’s Veracruz state

Nov. 22, 2019 8:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A journalist was kidnapped Friday in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, one of the most dangerous for reporters in the country, but authorities said in the evening that he was found alive. The state Public Security Department reported via Twitter that Carlos Guillermo García,...

Impeachment story illustrates news industry changes

Nov. 22, 2019 12:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For readers of some prominent regional newspapers, following the impeachment inquiry is a far different experience depending on whether you seek out newsprint or go digital. Copies of The Charlotte Observer, Tampa Bay Times, Indianapolis Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Idaho Statesman...

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's Netanyahu

Nov. 21, 2019 12:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust stems from three long-running cases that have divided Israelis and cast a long shadow across the political scene. The Justice Ministry announced the indictment Thursday, upending...

Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Nov. 21, 2019 7:46 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents. The bill, which was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma on Thursday, extends an existing law involving...