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Indiana school investigates photo of alleged Nazi salute

Jan. 18, 2019 3:28 PM EST

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis school district is investigating a photo posted on social media that appears to show students giving a Nazi salute. Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Scott Robison sent an email Thursday saying the photo shows 14 students posing in the local high...

Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

Jan. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its social network's 2.2 billion users. The Washington Post reported the FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would...

Zimbabwe in 'total internet shutdown' amid deadly crackdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:08 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe imposed a "total internet shutdown" for most of Friday in what critics called an attempt to hide growing reports of a violent crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital, and rights groups said...

Judge: GOP can't block liberal group's Twitter comments

Jan. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision marks liberal group One Wisconsin Now's second legal victory...

Police look for tie between killing of activist, another man

Jan. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri man who implied on social media last month that he was involved in the killing of a community activist with a criminal record. Columbia police said they are looking into a possible connection between the deaths of 20-year-old Deonte...

Students post Nazi-themed photo for dance invitation

Jan. 18, 2019 1:14 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials at a Minnesota high school wrote to parents after two students were pictured in a social media post doing a Nazi salute and holding a sign with references to Adolf Hitler. Jeff Erikson, principal at suburban Minnetonka High School, called the post "deeply offensive" in his note...

Iran's FM mocks John Bolton with '10-year challenge'

Jan. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has mocked the U.S. national security adviser's calls for a strike on Iran, in a play on the viral 10-year challenge meme on social media. In a tweet Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif posted the titles of two separate articles by John Bolton from 2009 and 2019, both...

The shutdown today: Trump grounds Pelosi trip abroad

Jan. 18, 2019 12:45 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 28: WHAT'S NEW The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned into an escalating game of constitutional brinksmanship as he denied her a military plane to visit troops in Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for her...

Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

Jan. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EST

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response. The Kutztown Police Department sought three volunteers to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation so officers could be trained how to...

Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under

Jan. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The feud between Australia's Davis Cup captain and an exiled player escalated at the season-opening major when Lleyton Hewitt said Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family. Tomic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011, followed his first-round loss at the Australian Open by...