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Leonardo de Carvalho Leal, right, and Mayara Stelle, who administer the Twitter account Sleeping Giants Brazil, use their computers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Sleeping Giants is a platform for activism whose stated mission is to attack the financing of hate speech and dissemination of fake news. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Swift backlash for Brazil students targeting misinformation

Dec. 13, 2020 11:02 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Before dawn on Dec. 1, Leonardo de Carvalho Leal prepared to leave his family behind in the Brazilian city of Ponta Grossa, in Parana state. His mother overwhelmed him with goodbyes and gifted him a bracelet she said had brought her luck. He fiddled with it on his wrist the entire...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1960, file photo, Rafer Johnson of Kingsburg, Calif., is flanked by runners-up, Chuan-Kwang Yang, left, of Taiwan, and Vasily Kuznetsov of Russia, as they join in three-way handshake after receiving medals for the decathlon event of the Olympics in Rome, Italy. Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy's assassin in 1968, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. (AP Photo)

Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

Dec. 2, 2020 5:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, a man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events

Nov. 27, 2020 5:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics are getting a kickstart. Local organizers on Friday announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. The Tokyo Olympics are set to open on July 23, 2021, after being postponed eight months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...