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The latest developments in Trump-related investigations

Dec. 10, 2018 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Musk suggests Tesla's new chairwoman won't rein him in

Dec. 10, 2018 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior. Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla's board last month, replacing Musk of as part of a securities fraud settlement with U.S....

California inferno gives rise to family-reuniting 'Angels'

Dec. 10, 2018 6:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They have become known as the Angels of Paradise. But there is nothing ethereal about them. They are online sleuths who know how to find people, and they have been putting their skills to use in the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire. In the dark days that followed the...

Study: Social media surpasses newspapers as news source

Dec. 10, 2018 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A survey says Americans today are more likely to get news from social media web sites than newspapers. The Pew Research Center said Monday that 20 percent of Americans cited social media as a frequent news source, compared to 16 percent that credited newspapers. It's the first time since...

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

Dec. 10, 2018 5:03 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook. A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses,...

Chicago man campaigning for local candidate shot in the leg

Dec. 10, 2018 4:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say a volunteer for a City Council candidate was shot in the leg as he was speaking on Facebook Live while campaigning in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods. Police say that Maxwell Omowale Justice was speaking to the camera as he was handing out flyers and trying to...

ACLU settles suit over governor's censored Facebook page

Dec. 10, 2018 3:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Facebook page of Maine's Republican governor will no longer block critics, according to a settlement reached last week with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the operators of the Facebook page. The operators of Gov. Paul LePage's Facebook page agreed to unblock...

Liz Weston: 4 tech tasks to keep your parents safer online

Dec. 10, 2018 1:14 PM EST

All of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk. That's where you come in. When you're home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your parents safer online. CHECK PRIVACY SETTINGS Identity...

Big shareholder at Yelp wants a board reshuffle

Dec. 10, 2018 9:42 AM EST

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Saying it's lost patience with missteps and earnings shortfalls, a large shareholder at Yelp is seeking a board reshuffle at the online review site. In a letter released publicly Monday, SQN Investors said that it wants Yelp Inc. to add some new directors to its board, including...

Police investigate video of officers slamming, punching man

Dec. 10, 2018 6:35 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Video posted to social media that appears to show police officers in Kentucky slamming and punching a man has prompted an investigation. Louisville Metro police spokesman Dwight Mitchell tells news outlets that the department is "in the process of collecting all body camera footage...