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Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

Aug. 18, 2018 10:41 PM EDT

THACKERSVILLE, Okla. (AP) — At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement posted on Twitter Saturday that...

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

Aug. 18, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country's official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a...

Houston school removes sign after social media criticism

Aug. 18, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A sign at a Houston elementary and middle school that sparked criticism on social media has been removed. The Houston Independent School District says the sign that read, "The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman," was removed Friday night. The wall was patched and...

AP Interview: Top Republican opens up about Russia probe

Aug. 18, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the last two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Capitol Hill. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the North Carolina Republican opened up about the investigation that has...

Trump says he 'won't let' social media target conservatives

Aug. 18, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and says "we won't let that happen." Trump's Saturday morning tweets come as companies have been working to ban right-wing "Infowars" conspiracy theorist...

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Aug. 17, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act...

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Aug. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways,...

Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in defamation case

Aug. 17, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax. Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Jones said during a...

News outlets challenge Maryland online ad law

Aug. 17, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — News outlets filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a Maryland law meant to fight foreign meddling in online political advertising because they say it creates unfair burdens on media sites that publish such ads. The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and several newspapers,...

Stocks jump as hopes rise for progress on China trade talks

Aug. 17, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose late in the day Friday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to have a resolution by November. Industrial, health care and basic materials companies made some of...