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Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment

Aug. 21, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Marie Tran is breaking her silence about online harassment months after deleting her Instagram account. In an essay published Tuesday in The New York Times, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress wrote it "wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them." Tran deleted her...

Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns

Aug. 21, 2018 7:40 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian officials have defended a street parade that involved veiled kindergarteners carrying replica weapons, with police saying they will arrest the person who uploaded a video of the event to Facebook. The video of children dressed head-to-toe in black marching with wooden...

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

Whitmer names 'tech guru' Gilchrist as Michigan running mate

Aug. 20, 2018 10:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer announced the selection of Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate Monday, calling the University of Michigan social media expert and former liberal organizer a "tech guru" who would fix problems in state government. The 35-year-old...

Gretchen Carlson: Miss America's claims cost pageant $75K

Aug. 20, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others bullied her have led to a loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. In a Twitter post late Sunday night whose...

NOT REAL NEWS: Prayers, no animal slaughter at Minn. stadium

Aug. 20, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

A mass Muslim prayer service scheduled for Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to mark an Islamic holiday will not feature the slaughter of animals as reports circulating online suggest. The free event, expected to draw 50,000 people, coincides with the observance of Eid al-Adha, which means "Feast of...

David Cross show on at Utah college after 'offensive' tweet

Aug. 20, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday. College president Ruth Watkins criticized...

Trump sends mean tweets, first lady talks positivity online

Aug. 20, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Melania Trump talked up the importance of teaching children positive cyber habits Monday on the same morning that her husband sent tweets deriding current and former U.S. officials, including one message referring to a former CIA director as a "political hack." Asked about the...

Pilot suspended over threat to Oklahoma transgender student

Aug. 20, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot accused of threatening on Facebook to harm a 12-year-old transgender girl for using the girls bathroom at her Oklahoma school. Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement Monday that the pilot was suspended Aug. 13 pending an...

Police: Teen stole AR-15 from deputy, dances on Instagram

Aug. 20, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An Instagram video tipped off police looking for an assault rifle that had been stolen from a sheriff's deputy's unmarked car. An arrest affidavit says a 17-year-old teen is accused of taking the weapon and tactical gear on Aug. 14. Boynton Beach police arrested him Saturday...