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Authors defending college employee fired for Facebook post

Jan. 23, 2020 8:41 AM EST

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Prominent authors, academics and free speech advocates have come to the defense of a Massachusetts college employee who was fired over a satirical Facebook post about Iran bombing the U.S. Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates and Rosanne Cash are among those supporting Asheen Phansey,...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trial highlights: Democrats roll out case as senators fidget

Jan. 23, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House prosecutors faced fidgeting senators as they rolled out their case against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the trial's previous session having lasted a fatigue-inducing 13 hours. Trump was busy himself, returning from an international business conference but finding time to...

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. A new tarp was hung at a building collapse site in New Orleans on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to hide the partially exposed remains of a worker who was killed there in October. The body had been exposed after wind blew away another tarp. Pictures of the remains began circulating on social media Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New tarp covers exposed remains at New Orleans collapse site

Jan. 22, 2020 8:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new tarp was hung at a building collapse site in New Orleans on Wednesday to hide the partially exposed remains of a worker who was killed there in October. The body had been exposed after wind blew away another tarp. Pictures of the remains began circulating on social media Tuesday. ...

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day

Jan. 22, 2020 6:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump set a presidential record for activity on his favorite social media platform Wednesday, tweeting and retweeting at length about the Senate impeachment trial, the Democrats who want to replace him and much, much more. By 4:25 p.m. ET, Trump had barreled through his...

Health Officials in hazmat suits wait at the gate to check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the airport in Beijing, China. Nearly two decades after the disastrously-handled SARS epidemic, China’s more-open response to a new virus signals its growing confidence and a greater awareness of the pitfalls of censorship, even while the government is as authoritarian as ever. (AP Photo Emily Wang)

Years after SARS, a more confident China faces a new virus

Jan. 22, 2020 10:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a viral outbreak spread from the central Chinese city of Wuhan this week, the ruling Communist Party's central political and legal affairs commission issued a stern warning: “Whoever deliberately delays and conceals reports will forever be nailed to history's pillar of...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, smartphone apps are shown, in Miami, USA.  Britain's Information Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, released a new set of standards aimed at protecting children’s online personal details privacy for social media sites, games and other online services. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

Jan. 22, 2020 4:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at...

Officer suspended for shooting video of ex-NBA player West

Jan. 21, 2020 7:29 PM EST

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer has been suspended for shooting a video that shows former NBA player Delonte West as he was being questioned while shirtless and handcuffed, a police department said. One of two videos circulating on social media shows a thin, shirtless man with tattoos...

FILE - This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend the first meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese are campaigning against the participation of their acting foreign minister in the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, saying Bassil, who was the target of popular anger in the ongoing nationwide protests,  should not represent them on the international stage. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Many Lebanese say acting FM has no business being at Davos

Jan. 21, 2020 11:50 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s acting foreign minister is attending the elite annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss village Davos. In his home country, however, where mass protests have forced the government to resign, a campaign is afoot to have him uninvited. Many Lebanese took to social media to...

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, photo, Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player LeBron James watches a high school basketball game between his son's team, Sierra Canyon, and Paul VI at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

James heads to Springfield to see son before playing Celtics

Jan. 21, 2020 9:18 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Lakers star LeBron James took in his son's high school game in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon before returning to Boston to face the Celtics. “It's truly a blessing, and I didn't mind going down to Springfield to check the game out,” James said after the...

Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a press conference in London, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. Facebook says it plans to hire 1,000 more staff in Britain, mainly for its technology and harmful content teams, and that it will add the new roles by the end of the year, which will bring its U.K. workforce to more than 4,000. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Facebook to add 1,000 UK jobs, including tech, content roles

Jan. 21, 2020 6:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday it plans to hire 1,000 more staff in Britain, mainly for its technology and harmful content teams. The U.S. tech company said Tuesday that it will add the new roles by the end of the year, bringing its U.K. workforce to more than 4,000. More than half of the new jobs...