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Dems to Facebook: Get serious about misinformation, hate

Sep. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

Two influential Democrats on Capitol Hill have urged Facebook to take stronger action against misinformation, voter suppression and incitements to violence ahead of the 2020 election. In a letter sent to the company on Sunday, U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline accused Facebook of failing to...

Authorities: Man requested money to shoot Louisville police

Sep. 27, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who authorities accuse of requesting $30,000 to shoot police officers in Louisville in a social media video while he was brandishing a gun has been arrested. According to a criminal complaint, Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, made the statements Wednesday on a...

In this In this photo released by the El Salvador Presidential Press Office, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele swears in Milena Mayorga as the country's next ambassador to the U.S., at Government House, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.  A top 10 finalist in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant, Mayorga is a political neophyte with no previous diplomatic experience, having been elected to congress for the first time in 2018. (El Salvador Presidential Press Office via AP)

El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

Sep. 26, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss. A photo circulating on social media Friday showed a smiling Trump locking arms with Milena Mayorga and two other contestants - Miss USA and...

Man points gun at protesters outside GOP candidate's rally

Sep. 26, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police are investigating a confrontation in which a man pointed a gun toward protesters outside a campaign rally for a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware. Lauren Witzke, the Republican challenger to Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, said she saw a video of...

Julian Siegel, owner of The Riverside Market, poses for a photo, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Siegel figures business dropped about 20% earlier this spring at his, restaurant after someone posted a picture on the Nextdoor app of people waiting in his parking lot for food.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Social media and COVID shaming: Fighting a toxic combination

Sep. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

In the spring, Rick Rose drew the wrath of strangers after he practically shouted on Facebook that he wasn’t buying a face mask. Two months later, he contracted COVID-19 — and, he posted, he was struggling to breathe. Days later, on July 4, he was dead. That post, among the Ohio man's final public...

FILE - In this March 24, 2013 file photo, anti gay marriage activists dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic since the 1789 revolution, demonstrate in Paris. French women enjoy a universal reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy clothing on girls in classrooms is acceptable or a grave affront to the French Republic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler; File)

Crop tops or 'republican' dress? France debates schoolwear

Sep. 26, 2020 4:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French women enjoy a reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. But now they may well be confused. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Protesters outside Louisville church amid curfew

Sep. 25, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 9:30 p.m. More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime curfew. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Former GOP presidential candidate Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK

Sep. 25, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on...

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

Sep. 25, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egyptian police dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province on Friday and arrested 10 demonstrators, a security official said. The development — an unusual show of defiance in a country that has moved to stamp out...

Chicago Red Stars' Sarah Gorden, front, plays the ball as Houston Dash's Bri Visalli defends during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer finals match on July 26, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. Gordon aims to go beyond the social media statements, the T-shirts and the platitudes, and do something to lift up Black lives. The 28-year-old has put her focus on mental health for young women of color in launching her nonprofit organization, HoodSpace.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Red Stars' Gorden launches nonprofit to help Black girls

Sep. 25, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Sarah Gorden tells the story often, about how she was a kid playing on a club soccer team when an opponent called her a racial slur. “I was raised around white people in a white community," said Gorden, who is multiracial. “And I had never really looked at myself in that light until moments like...