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WhatsApp, social posts helped lead Haitian migrants to Texas

Sep. 23, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother...

NHL finds no evidence Evander Kane gambled on games

Sep. 22, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The NHL found no evidence that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on NHL games or tried to throw games after investigating allegations made by his estranged wife. Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram post this summer that Kane bet on NHL games...

Epic CEO: Apple won't let Fortnite back until case ends

Sep. 22, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

Tim Sweeney, CEO of Fortnite maker Epic Games Inc., said Wednesday it’s been told by Apple that the game will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem” until the companies’ legal case is resolved and all appeals are exhausted, which could take as long as five years. ...

Facebook tech chief Mike Schroepfer to step down

Sep. 22, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer is stepping down from the social media company, taking on a part-time role while longtime executive Andrew Bosworth will replace him next year. Schroepfer, known as “Schrep,” has been at Facebook for 13 years and...

Commissioner who shared antisemitic meme again condemned

Sep. 22, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Clackamas County commissioner who has previously been called on to resign over racist comments has drawn condemnation for an incendiary post on social media. Commissioner Mark Shull shared a meme on Facebook appearing to compare vaccine...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Review: In 'Dear Evan Hansen,' a Broadway hit ages poorly

Sep. 22, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

The journey from stage to screen, so often a perilous one, has been particularly bumpy for “Dear Evan Hansen.” The Broadway show, starring Ben Platt as a lonely, anxiety-racked teenager who turns into a social media sensation after exaggerating...

Brattleboro denounces racism aimed at new Black police chief

Sep. 22, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt (AP) — Brattleboro officials denounced racism after a person on Facebook posted racist memes and comments aimed at Vermont's first Black woman police chief. The Brattleboro Police Department said the racist comments were sent by a single person on...

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

German official slams online 'incitement' after mask killing

Sep. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Wednesday partly blamed “incitement” against the government's pandemic rules on social media for the killing of a gas station clerk by a man who refused to wear a face mask. A 49-year-old German man was arrested Sunday over...