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For many Brazilians, election is picking 'lesser of evils'

Oct. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the lead up to Brazil's elections, Peter Rooker struggled to find a presidential candidate he believed in out of a field of 13. He was sure of one thing, though: He would not vote for far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro or Fernando Haddad of the scandal-tainted leftist Workers'...

Thousands in Brazil rally in support of candidate Bolsonaro

Oct. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in 15 states across Brazil in support of Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing front-runner in next week's presidential runoff election. Bolsonaro won the first round of voting Oct. 7 and opinion polls put him ahead of the leftist Workers' Party...

Thousands rally against leading, far-right Brazil candidate

Oct. 20, 2018 8:30 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets in Brazil Saturday to protest the candidacy of presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, shouting "Not him!" which has become the rallying cry against the far-right former army captain. In Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and 24 other cities,...

Family, friends remembering Cape Cod shark attack victim

Oct. 20, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A remembrance is being held on the Cape Cod beach where a young man became Massachusetts' first shark attack fatality since 1936. Family and friends of 26-year-old Arthur Medici planned a celebration of life for Saturday morning on Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Medici, of...

WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

Oct. 19, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential...

Oldest Brazilian fossil found in debris of National Museum

Oct. 19, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One of the most prized possessions of Brazil's National Museum has been found amid debris after a massive fire on Sept. 2 sent the building up in flames. Museum director Alexander Kellner told The Associated Press that a fossil named "Luzia" was recuperated. Kellner said the fossil...

Brazil front-runner accused of illegal campaign practices

Oct. 18, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian presidential candidate on Thursday accused his far-right adversary of illegal campaign practices for allegedly allowing friendly businessmen to secretly pay to spread slanderous messages. The accusations by left-leaning Fernando Haddad follow a report published by the newspaper...

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Oct. 18, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections....

Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

Oct. 18, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Running great Kip Keino handed himself over to police in Kenya on Thursday and is under arrest, set to face charges of corruption and abuse of office that threaten the reputation of one of track and field's most revered figures. The 78-year-old Keino, former Kenyan sports minister...

Brazil presidential candidates woo religious leaders

Oct. 17, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's presidential candidates wooed church leaders Wednesday ahead of a runoff in this deeply religious country with sizable Catholic and evangelical populations. Leading far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro met with the Catholic archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, while his rival, leftist...