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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb. 18, 2020 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Trump confidant Roger Trump on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress. The decision by Judge Amy Berman Jackson came after President Donald Trump tweeted in defense of his longtime ally and said Stone's...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, patrons enter Mekong Plaza in the Asian district, in Mesa, Ariz. Arizona's freshly crowned Asian District was deep into organizing its night market when news broke that a case of the illness known as COVID-19 was confirmed at nearby Arizona State University. Xenophobic comments on social media and phone calls started almost immediately, according to Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce CEO Vicente Reid. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Misguided virus fears hitting Asian American businesses

Feb. 18, 2020 11:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In Arizona, a burgeoning Asian American community fields xenophobic calls about a planned night market featuring Asian street foods. In New York, a dim sum restaurant owner worries he won't make rent. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a local Asian American-owned restaurant chain is mulling...

Indian police open case against Kashmir social media users

Feb. 18, 2020 5:56 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have registered a case against unidentified internet users who employed virtual private networks, or VPNs, to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed region, police said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to stop their use. Police said they...

Fawlty Towers actor complains of treatment in RI hotel

Feb. 17, 2020 12:51 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — British actor and comedian John Cleese, who once portrayed an inept hotel manager in the series “Fawlty Towers,” has complained about his treatment at a Rhode Island hotel. Cleese, 80, tweeted Sunday to his 5.7 million followers that he was cold inside his room at the...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles as he shakes hands with European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc's new tech rules loom

Feb. 17, 2020 11:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Hendriks had to help somehow when fires ravaged his homeland in Australia this winter. He briefly got home to Perth but mostly campaigned on social media from a world away to generate awareness and support for Red Cross Australia. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

A's Liam Hendriks helps fire victims back home in Australia

Feb. 17, 2020 1:56 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A world away, Liam Hendriks had to do something to help everyone affected by the ravaging fires back home in Australia. The Oakland Athletics reliever campaigned on social media to do his part for the cause, no matter he grew up on the country's West Coast in Perth where the massive bush...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27)  throws long tosses, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Reds spring training baseball facility in Goodyear, Ari.z. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Bauer gets positive reaction to criticism of playoff plan

Feb. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play. Bauer directed his ire...

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, center, with deputy of the parliament Stanislas Guerini after she announces her resignation as she leaves the Health Ministry, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. She had been chosen by the French centre-right ruling party La Republique en Marche to run for mayor of Paris next month, replacing Benjamin Griveaux. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

French health minister to run for Paris mayor to end scandal

Feb. 16, 2020 3:48 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country's governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos on social media. The choice of Buzyn, whose profile...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John, sick with pneumonia, cuts New Zealand show short

Feb. 16, 2020 3:09 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart...

In this undated image provided by Facebook Stan Chudnovsky, the vice president of Messenger at Facebook, poses for a photo. Chudnovsky heads the messaging app that's used by more than 1.3 billion people each month and recently spoke to the AP about his work and views on privacy. (Facebook via AP)

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct. The massive project has already gotten pushback...