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Capitol riot committee has interviewed 250 people so far

Dec. 02, 2021 19:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has interviewed about 250 people so far, its chairman said Thursday, a staggering pace over just five months as lawmakers work to compile the most comprehensive account yet of the violent attack and plan to hold...

Election workers sue conservative site over fraud claims

Dec. 02, 2021 12:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia election workers filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against a conservative website, accusing it of knowingly publishing and spreading false stories saying they engaged in ballot fraud during the 2020 general election. Fulton County elections...

Trump tested COVID-positive pre-debate, ex-aide says in book

Dec. 01, 2021 22:42 PM EST

Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first presidential debate in September 2020 with Joe Biden, according to a new book by Trump's former chief of staff. In “The Chief's Chief,” obtained by The Guardian before its Dec. 7 release, Mark...

Facebook: Fake scientist used to spread anti-US propaganda

Dec. 01, 2021 17:06 PM EST

A disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts — including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist — to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday. ...

Inside the 'big wave' of misinformation targeted at Latinos

Dec. 01, 2021 16:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before last year's presidential election, Facebook ads targeting Latino voters described Joe Biden as a communist. During his inauguration, another conspiracy theory spread online and on Spanish-language radio warning that a brooch worn by Lady Gaga signaled Biden was...

Suit alleges company sold bogus hand sanitizer to schools

Nov. 30, 2021 18:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An Illinois-based company falsely marketed and sold a fake hand sanitizer to school districts across Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday. In a complaint filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, prosecutors alleged the company claimed...

Appeals court weighs Trump arguments to withhold records

Nov. 30, 2021 17:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of judges on Tuesday questioned whether they had the authority to grant former President Donald Trump's demands and stop the White House from allowing the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection led by Trump's supporters. But...

Doctor won't comment on his suspension for COVID-19 claims

Nov. 30, 2021 16:21 PM EST

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine doctor whose license was temporarily suspended over claims he spread misinformation about COVID-19 is declining to comment on the charges. The Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure suspended the license of Dr. Paul Gosselin, of...

Former Temple U business dean convicted in rankings scandal

Nov. 30, 2021 13:25 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury convicted the former dean of Temple University's business school on charges related to a scheme to falsely boost the school's rankings. The jury deliberated for less than an hour Monday before deciding Moshe Porat, 74, was guilty of federal...

Contractor to pay $637K for deficient work on bridges

Nov. 30, 2021 09:53 AM EST

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — General contractor J.A. McDonald, Inc. has agreed to pay $637,500 to settle allegations of deficient work on federally funded bridge projects in southern Vermont that caused the state to unwittingly present false claims for payment to the federal government, the U.S....