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Amid hesitancy, Louisiana gets creative in vaccine outreach

Apr. 16, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Brass bands playing at a 24-hour drive-thru coronavirus vaccine event. Doses delivered to commercial fishermen minutes from the docks. Pop-up immunization clinics at a Buddhist temple, homeless shelters, truck stops and casinos, with shots available at night or on...

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

Apr. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Photo shows Biden...

Facebook panel's Trump ruling delayed as comments flood in

Apr. 16, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said Friday it will take longer than expected to decide on whether or not the suspension of former president Donald Trump should be upheld, because it needs more time to go through the deluge of public comments. ...

Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

Apr. 16, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media on Friday after days of violent anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites including Twitter and Facebook were blocked for...

Sheriff's corporal retires amid investigation of racist post

Apr. 16, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A supervisor in the Orange County Sheriff's Office retired amid an internal investigation into a Facebook post that shared a video from a page that supports white supremacist beliefs. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Cpl. Danny Weil shared the...

US broadcaster asks European court to block Russian fines

Apr. 16, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is asking the European Court of Human Rights to block Russia from enforcing penalties that could cost the broadcaster millions of dollars. Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor last year ordered broadcasters...

Dulux apologizes for painting Tottenham in a bad light

Apr. 15, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham's newest sponsor didn't exactly paint a great picture of the club when launching their partnership on Thursday. Paint supplier Dulux had to apologize after its social media team mocked Tottenham on Twitter shortly after announcing that the...

Sketch mocking Chinese launches racism debate in Italy

Apr. 15, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A sketch on a popular Italian TV show mocking Chinese people has launched a debate about racism, and satire, in Italy. While Asian and Black activists took to social media to share their experiences with racism growing up in Italy, including how it can be...

'Hillbilly Elegy' author J.D. Vance quits firm after tweets

Apr. 15, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance has resigned from the board of a company that uses green technology to mass-produce food in Appalachia, days after sending some controversial tweets. Vance was an early investor in AppHarvest, a...

Soldier charged after video of confrontation with Black man

Apr. 14, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white Army non-commissioned officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been charged with third-degree assault. Jonathan Pentland, 42, was charged Wednesday and listed as detained in...