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This combination of photos shows various podcasts, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole: Podcasts. (AP Photo/David Hamilton)

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Jan. 15, 2021 7:10 PM EST

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts....

In this Jan. 6, 2021 image from video provided by Robyn Stevens Brody, a line of men wearing helmets and olive drab body armor walk up the marble stairs outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington in an orderly single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the man ahead. The formation, known as

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Jan. 15, 2021 6:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead....

Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) defens Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

Jan. 15, 2021 6:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday — though he won't play in the Nets' game that night. The league...

Republican proposal would seal arrestees' mugshots

Jan. 15, 2021 6:20 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would seal arrestee’s mugshots from the public. The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that Rep. Shannon Roers Jones’ proposal would make the photos confidential until the suspect is convicted or a suspect fails to appear...

Police chief behind conspiracy posts apologizes, sees review

Jan. 15, 2021 4:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chief of the Maine Capitol Police has apologized for a string of social media posts over several months that promoted discredited theories about the coronavirus pandemic and the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Chief Russ Gauvin made a series of Facebook posts that reflected...

Wisconsin Capitol Police tell lawmakers to stay away

Jan. 15, 2021 4:01 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of the Wisconsin Capitol Police told state lawmakers to stay away from the Capitol building this weekend and suggested that they remove any personal information from social media accounts due to threats of unrest at capitols in all 50 states. Capitol Police Chief David Erwin...

FBI: Florida man plotted attack on pro-Trump protesters

Jan. 15, 2021 3:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was arrested Friday and charged with trying to organize an armed response to pro-President Donald Trump protesters expected at the state Capitol on Sunday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Daniel Baker of Tallahassee was using social media to recruit people in a...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State

Jan. 15, 2021 2:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo isn't quietly fading away. In his final days as secretary of state, he's issuing orders that have caused international consternation and tweeting up a storm on his official and personal accounts to cement his legacy as a prime promoter of President Donald Trump’s...

Nurse: Hospital fired her for admitting entering US Capitol

Jan. 15, 2021 2:08 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A Kentucky woman said she was fired from her nursing job at a southwestern Indiana hospital after posting on Facebook that she had entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots. Lori Vinson of Morganfield, Kentucky, said she was fired on Jan. 8 by Ascension St. Vincent in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. On Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, The Associated Press reported on posts circulating online incorrectly asserting that the Insurrection Act has been secretly signed by President Donald Trump. The president didĀ notĀ invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807 in an effort to stay in office. To do so he would have to make a public declaration giving clear reasons for the move, which allows a president to call on the military to address a domestic crisis. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 15, 2021 1:20 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Videos do not show Capitol rioters on no-fly list who were removed from flights...