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The Latest: Shkreli lawyer disappointed by upheld conviction

Jul. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court upholding the securities fraud conviction against former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli (all times local): ___ 12:10 p.m. Martin Shkreli's lawyer has expressed disappointment after a federal appeals court upheld the securities fraud conviction against...

The Latest: McCarthy says Trump hostility to Omar not racist

Jul. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The top Republican in the House says "send her back" chants about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at President Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally "have no place in our party and no...

Church sign in Virginia says "America: Love it or Leave It."

Jul. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A church sign in Virginia is drawing attention over a message that says: "America: Love it or Leave It." ABC 13 reported Tuesday that the sign is posted out outside Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox. The station reports hundreds of people have expressed support and opposition...

Germany probes anti-Israel 'likes' by official account

Jul. 18, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country's mission to the Palestinian territories had "liked" anti-Israel tweets. The comments came after top-selling Bild newspaper reported that the "likes" came...

Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

Jul. 18, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are put in check. France, which this year chairs the G-7 gatherings on...

The Latest: US still mulling retaliation for French tech tax

Jul. 18, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 finance ministers' meeting (all times local): 12:50 p.m. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the White House will press ahead with its investigation of France's digital tax, which is aimed at companies like Google and Amazon, as a possible unfair trade...

The Latest: Trump says he has no regrets about tweets

Jul. 17, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the response to President Donald Trump's racist tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color (all times local): 5:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he has no regrets about his tweets that four Democratic freshmen should "go back" to their home countries —...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...

Venezuela frees musician jailed after blasting Maduro online

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (AP) — Karen Palacios' Yamaha clarinet still rests where she left it atop sheet music of a Mozart concerto that she practiced diligently the night before two strangers dressed in black lured her away in a luxury SUV. The 25-year-old musician's captors duped her into believing she was...

Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan

Jul. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook endured a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats asked Facebook to scale back the project and threatened legislation that would block big tech companies from getting into banking. Facebook's massive market power...