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Kobe Bryant's widow says crash photos turned grief to horror

Aug. 19, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant testified Friday that she was only beginning to grieve the loss of her husband, basketball star Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna when she was faced with the fresh horror of learning that sheriff's deputies and firefighters had shot and shared...

Ex-Virginia official sues after losing job over Jan. 6 posts

Aug. 19, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former deputy Virginia attorney general who says she was fired over social media posts in which she praised the Capitol rioters as “patriots” and falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 election is suing the attorney general's office for defamation. ...

Police: Pennsylvania man tried to buy stolen human remains

Aug. 19, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and other charges after police say he allegedly tried to buy stolen human remains from an Arkansas woman for possible resale on Facebook. A spokeswoman for the University of Arkansas for Medical...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 19, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ IRS special agent job ad...

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

Aug. 19, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine...

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

Aug. 19, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine...

RFK Jr.'s anti-vaccine group kicked off Instagram, Facebook

Aug. 18, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

Instagram and Facebook suspended Children's Health Defense this week after the anti-vaccine group led by Robert Kennedy Jr. repeatedly violated rules prohibiting misinformation about COVID-19. A nonprofit, Children's Health Defense is one of the most influential anti-vaccine...

Famed Iran art museum closes to deal with insect infestation

Aug. 18, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran’s contemporary art museum has issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across world-famous work spread widely on social media. Insects, which may attack and eat away at...

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

Aug. 18, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

An Arizona judge overseeing a high-profile lawsuit accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of conspiring to cover-up child sex abuse has ruled that the church may not refuse to answer questions or turn over documents under the state’s “clergy-penitent privilege.” ...

Saudi doctoral student gets 34 years in prison for tweets

Aug. 18, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading “rumors” and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, a decision that has drawn growing global condemnation. Activists and lawyers...