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Deputy charged with rape of teen

Nov. 25, 2020 8:46 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy is accused of rape involving a teenage girl he met online. Anthony Zayas, 26, has been charged with third-degree rape and was placed on administrative leave in August, The Herald reported. Charging papers say Zayas met the girl on Tinder,...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington as he returns from Bedminster, N.J. For the past four years, Trump has enjoyed special status not given to regular users on Twitter and Facebook even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics. Could his loose leash on the platforms come to an end on Jan. 20, 2021, when his successor is inaugurated? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Q&A: Will Twitter, Facebook crack down on Trump?

Nov. 25, 2020 4:28 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the past four years, President Donald Trump has enjoyed the special status of a world leader on Twitter and Facebook, even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics. While regular users could have faced being...

Kansas firm settles allegations it submitted false claims

Nov. 23, 2020 4:11 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence, Kansas, engineering firm and its two top officials will pay $672,352 to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims to obtain grant federal grant funds, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. KalScott Engineering, Inc. and its president, Thomas Sherwood,...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump

Nov. 21, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia didn't have to lift a finger. In the weeks before the U.S. presidential election, federal authorities warned that Russia or other foreign countries might spread false information about the results to discredit the legitimacy of the outcome. Turns out, the loudest megaphone for...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump

Nov. 20, 2020 6:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia didn't have to lift a finger. In the weeks before the U.S. presidential election, federal authorities warned that Russia or other foreign countries might spread false information about the results to discredit the legitimacy of the outcome. Turns out, the loudest megaphone for...

FILE - Officials sort ballots during an audit at the Floyd County administration building in Rome, Ga. on Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020.  On Friday, Nov. 20, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that the identities of deceased residents in Georgia were used to illegally cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

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

Nov. 20, 2020 12:58 PM EST

A look at false and misleading claims and videos circulating after the presidential election and news about COVID-19 vaccines. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Officials debunk multiple claims of dead...

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. Giuliani is jokingly

AP FACT CHECK: Trump legal team's batch of false vote claims

Nov. 20, 2020 1:00 AM EST

Despite a lack of evidence of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s legal team used a Thursday press conference to go through a laundry list of far-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election. Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping...

President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, prepares to speak at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Romney slams Trump efforts as 'undemocratic'

Nov. 19, 2020 11:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 11 p.m. Two Republican senators are criticizing President Donald Trump and his team for their efforts to pressure state and local election officials to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in several closely...

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. Giuliani is jokingly

AP FACT CHECK: Trump legal team's batch of false vote claims

Nov. 19, 2020 8:18 PM EST

Despite a lack of evidence of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s legal team used a Thursday press conference to go through a laundry list of far-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election. Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris participate in a meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden chides Trump for lack of cooperation on vaccine

Nov. 19, 2020 7:32 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday with governors from both parties and criticized President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally important...