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North Carolina Dem takes big financial lead in US House redo

Jul. 16, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in a North Carolina U.S. House special election that was ordered after a ballot-collection scandal in the GOP-leaning district. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission late Monday showed Democrat Dan McCready...

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to get this...

Blackface scandal dampens Virginia governor's fundraising

Jul. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. But he's also managed to remain a major source of campaign cash for Democrats, including those who have previously called on him to resign....

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico's governor into crisis

Jul. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico's governor into crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on...

More to come: FTC fine doesn't spell closure for Facebook

Jul. 13, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Trade Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with even bigger headaches. While the $5 billion fine from the FTC, which Facebook has been expecting, is by far the largest the agency...

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her...

Former Tennessee mayoral candidate convicted of making bomb

Jul. 12, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a failed mayoral candidate who threatened his townspeople on social media has been convicted of making a pipe bomb. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson announced Thursday that Jonathan Edward White faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors said Tennessee...

Indonesian who recorded her harasser gets reprieve from jail

Jul. 12, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A woman facing six months in prison in Indonesia for recording her boss's sexual harassment is expected to receive a presidential amnesty after an outcry over the sentence. Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo said Friday he suspended enforcement of the prison term and a 500 million...