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The Latest: Police say workplace gunman was being fired

Feb. 15, 2019 11:01 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a business in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Police say the gunman who killed five people at a suburban Chicago business was a 15-year employee who was being fired. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman says 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being...

India warns of 'crushing response' to Kashmir suicide attack

Feb. 15, 2019 7:58 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday's...

Kuchar apologizes, pledges $50,000 to Mayakoba caddie

Feb. 15, 2019 6:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar apologized Friday for what he said were insensitive comments about the caddie he used at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall and said he would pay the $50,000 the caddie requested. He also said he would make a donation to the tournament to be distributed to charities in...

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

Feb. 15, 2019 4:30 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 these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Food aid for Venezuela being held in Colombian border town is...

Omar's edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

Feb. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator's home,...

Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election

Feb. 15, 2019 9:25 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Far-right groups engaged in concerted social media campaigns to influence last year's election in the German state of Bavaria by promoting the Alternative for Germany party and smearing its opponents, according to a study published Friday. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based...

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing 'multibillion dollar' fine

Feb. 14, 2019 9:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses. The Washington Post said Thursday that the fine would be the largest ever imposed on a tech company. Citing unnamed sources, it also said the two...

Michigan governor blasts TV story about her appearance

Feb. 14, 2019 7:24 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized a Detroit TV station's decision to air a story about the reaction to the dress she wore during her State of the State speech, which featured numerous unflattering or sexist comments about her physical appearance from social media...

Facebook Live post nets wiretapping charge for student

Feb. 14, 2019 2:30 PM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A university student who's accused of putting a conversation with a Maryland congressman's staffer on Facebook Live without consent has been charged with illegal wiretapping. State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced the charge Thursday against 20-year-old Jake Burdett, a Salisbury...

Sheriff: Dog named Donald Trump wasn't killed over politics

Feb. 14, 2019 2:29 PM EST

A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Sunday was...