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Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Feb. 21, 2020 7:28 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Devastated after again being targeted at school for his dwarfism, a sobbing Quaden Bayles repeatedly told his mother that he wanted to die. The 9-year-old Australian’s deep distress went viral on social media after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a six-minute video clip. ...

Roger Stone, center, puts his hat on as he departs after his sentencing at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. President Donald Trump loyalist and ally, Roger Stone was sentenced to over three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation. The sentence came amid President Donald Trump's unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant that led to a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department and allegations the president interfered in the case. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Feb. 20, 2020 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for obstructing a congressional investigation in a case that has sparked fears about presidential interference in the justice system. Soon after Judge Amy Berman Jackson...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, a woman takes a photo of the television while watching a Democratic presidential debate at a watch party in Atlanta. The Democratic race for the White House has been marked by online infighting and unsubstantiated allegations of election rigging. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Infighting and online hoaxes mar Democrats' campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 4:04 PM EST

RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — A group of Los Angeles artists were awaiting the results of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses, hoping Bernie Sanders would win, when they fired off a hashtag on Twitter poking fun at Pete Buttigieg. By the next morning, the hashtag — #MayorCheat — was trending...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has overturned a decision to release Abdel-Fattah who has been detained for nearly five months without trial. He was arrested in September amid an unprecedented crackdown that followed small protests demanding President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi step down. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a court had ordered that Abdel Fattah be released but shortly afterward the State Security Prosecutors appealed the decision before another court. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egyptian court refuses to release prominent activist

Feb. 20, 2020 10:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court overturned Thursday a decision to release a prominent activist who has been detained for nearly five months without trial over what his family says are unjust charges. Alaa Abdel Fattah, a 38-year-old software engineer, developed a reputation on social media during the 2011...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Kyle Martin, a worker at HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks, mines health data to keep the system up to date in a work area at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston. Early warnings of an emerging epidemic, some of them collected by HealthMap, showed AI's potential for giving global health experts a head start when bureaucratic hurdles and language barriers might get in the way. A screen behind displays a world map with colored dots marking cases of the disease known as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse. Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments...

In this Feb. 14, 2020 photo, Egyptian Vets for Animal Care, the country's first spay and neuter program, mark a puppy with red paint after giving it a rabies shot,  in Cairo, Egypt. After centuries of stigma, the street dogs of Egypt are finding popular acceptance. Grassroots support like sterilization, medical care and shelter has surged in defiance of a government extermination policy. For decades, Cairo dealt with its stray animal problem by leaving poison in the streets.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt's once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

Feb. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt. Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop parked cars. The government says there's around...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Sanders: Democrat with most delegates should win

Feb. 19, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential campaign and Democratic debat e (all times local): 8 p.m. Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate on the debate stage who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn't...

Racist comment stirs emotion for black Rhode Island lawmaker

Feb. 19, 2020 10:36 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who is accused of calling another black female lawmaker a term that disparages their culture says she's ready to have a private conversation with her colleague so they can heal and discuss issues that the state's black and brown communities face. Rep....

Brazil deploys national guard after senator shot in strike

Feb. 19, 2020 9:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian senator was shot Wednesday as he tried to intervene in a strike by military police demanding higher salaries in the northeastern state of Ceara, prompting authorities to deploy federal forces. Sen. Cid Gomes, a former governor of the state, received a shot in the chest...

A police officer guards outside a Hollywood Hills home where a fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in Hollywood Hills shooting

Feb. 19, 2020 8:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said. “We are devastated by the...