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U of M-Dearborn reverses self on no winter commencement

Aug. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan-Dearborn has reversed its decision to cancel its December commencement this year after students protested. Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Catherine Davy announced the cancellation Friday in favor of a single spring ceremony but reversed...

Customs and Border Protection outage snarls major airports

Aug. 16, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Airports warned travelers — both Americans returning home and foreign visitors —...

Father of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

Aug. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay in a heartfelt letter that reveals he has struggled throughout his life with pain and guilt. "The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same...

Judge: Lawmaker erred by blocking critic on Twitter

Aug. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri state representative violated a critic's constitutional rights by blocking him from her Twitter account. KMIZ-TV reports that U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes said in Friday's ruling that Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch's political Tweets made...

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

Aug. 16, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Dr. Michael Baden, 85, the pathologist who investigated the...

College official resigns in wake of Twitter comments

Aug. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university official has resigned from his post in the wake of complaints by conservative activists about his Twitter posts that made disparaging comments about Republicans. News outlets report N.C. State University confirmed that vice chancellor and dean for student...

GOP Twitter block will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200,000

Aug. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group's attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports state officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now's attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that...

2 hurt when pickup drives through immigration protest

Aug. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general and state police launched investigations Thursday after a truck drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center, which has since placed an employee on leave. At least two people were injured, one seriously,...

Emails show Matt Shea tied to group training for holy war

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Newly leaked emails show that conservative state Rep. Matt Shea has had close ties with a group that trained children and young men for religious combat in Washington state. The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported that the emails were first revealed in The Guardian on Wednesday, while...

UK judge sentences Schwimmer lookalike to 9 months in jail

Aug. 15, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has sentenced a lookalike of "Friends" actor David Schwimmer to nine months in prison for theft and fraud. Judge Sara Dodd sentenced Abdulah Husseni on Thursday for using a stolen bank card to make or attempt to make fraudulent purchases at four shops in Blackpool, northwest...