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Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

Dec. 13, 2018 3:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" event in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind. Amid the park's holiday...

EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts

Dec. 13, 2018 12:15 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency...

Kentucky governor feuds with media ahead of investigation

Dec. 13, 2018 11:58 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is feuding on social media with ProPublica after the independent media nonprofit announced an investigative project with the Courier Journal. The Louisville newspaper reports the Republican governor posted a series of tweets and a video attacking both news...

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Dec. 12, 2018 1:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up again...

Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

Dec. 12, 2018 12:28 PM EST

Verizon's big bet on digital advertising isn't panning out. The wireless company spent more than $4 billion to buy AOL and nearly $5 billion to buy Yahoo as part of an effort to compete with Facebook and Google in a growing market for digital advertising. Now, Verizon is slicing the value of those two businesses...

Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line's 1st Grammy nom

Dec. 12, 2018 11:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they've finally landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever Grammy...

Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12

Dec. 12, 2018 1:14 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, killing three people, wounding up to a dozen and sparking a massive manhunt when he got away. France immediately raised its terror alert...

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Deputy on leave after video posted of him roughing up teens

Dec. 11, 2018 7:51 PM EST

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted to social media shows him roughing up two teenage girls recording an arrest on their cellphones. The Harnett County Sheriff's Office told news outlets the State Bureau of Investigation has...

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

Dec. 11, 2018 6:37 PM EST

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents...