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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo an employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea. On Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on the false claim that the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new and that patents were created around it years ago. The patents being shared online are not related to the new respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds of people in China and caused concern around the world. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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

Jan. 24, 2020 4:55 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: The virus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new; patents were...

This combination of cover images released by Scribner shows the 2018 cover image of the novel

Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby' copyright to end in 2021

Jan. 22, 2020 9:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars and victims of the American pursuit of wealth and status. Starting next January, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao concealed work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas and recruited at least four researchers and students, according to revised federal charges filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Attorney: Kansas researcher denies concealing Chinese work

Jan. 16, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Kansas researcher accused of concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas hit back on Thursday against a new indictment, saying the case has nothing to do with the Chinese government's alleged attempts obtain U.S. intellectual...

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, after signing a trade agreement in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trade deal: US eases sanctions, China to buy more US exports

Jan. 15, 2020 5:22 PM EST

The United States and China signed an initial trade pact Wednesday, easing tensions between the world's two largest economies. A look at highlights of the 86-page deal. U.S. EXPORTS: China agreed to increase purchases of U.S. services and manufactured, energy and farm products by $200 billion this year and next....

Company says rival wrongly reeled in its fishing invention

Dec. 30, 2019 12:14 PM EST

A Mississippi company accuses a rival firm of stealing its idea for a double fishing seat by making prototypes in China and then selling its version on Amazon and other online sites. John Thomason, the founder of Dub-L-Seat, designed the side-by-side fishing seats so that friends and family could fish together on...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo Ohio State cheerleaders yell to fans during an NCAA football game against Florida Atlantic in Columbus, Ohio. A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter “O.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Sports company sues in letter 'O' dispute with Ohio State

Dec. 24, 2019 1:33 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oh no: A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter “O.” Overtime Sports Inc., an online network focusing on high school basketball and football, has a capital O with sloping...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a Christmas market whilst on the General Election campaign, in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)

Google bans Conservative Party YouTube ad with BBC material

Dec. 4, 2019 9:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Google has taken down a U.K. Conservative Party ad on YouTube that used BBC news footage, days after Facebook took similar action on grounds that it infringed intellectual property rights. The BBC has complained about the ad, saying it used material featuring some of its journalists that was...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo Chinese Vice Premier Liu He accompanied by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, greets the media before a minister-level trade meetings at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington. US and China are trying to finalize a modest trade agreement to deescalate a trade war that has rattled financial markets and hobbled global economic growth. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Forever war: US and China struggle to defuse trade conflict

Dec. 3, 2019 12:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses and investors have been nervously monitoring U.S.-China trade talks for months, hoping the world’s two biggest economies can de-escalate their trade war and restore some predictability to global commerce. President Donald Trump delivered another setback to the optimists...

Home Secretary Priti Patel, center left, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, and MP Will Quince pose holding a sign before a rally event as part of the General Election campaign, in Colchester, England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack, then went back to trading blame for the security failings that allowed a man who had been jailed for terrorist crimes to go on a violent rampage in the heart of London. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)

UK politicians hold breath as Trump arrives mid-campaign

Dec. 3, 2019 7:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want to interfere in Britain’s election campaign. But his presence in London nine days before the Dec. 12 vote is a complication for Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and ammunition for Johnson’s opponents. Trump, who is...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, left, gestures during a media conference with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, in London, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Facebook removes Conservative Party ad with BBC presenters

Dec. 2, 2019 6:01 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says it has removed a Conservative Party ad that used BBC news footage on the grounds that it infringed on intellectual property rights. The BBC had complained about the ad last week, arguing material involving some of its well-known presenters was taken out of context and could...