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In Michigan, election denial probe looms over critical races

Aug. 08, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matthew DePerno made his political reputation on loudly and repeatedly questioning the 2020 presidential election results. It gained him the fervor of Republican delegates and the endorsement of Donald Trump in his bid for attorney general. But now the...

Iowa metal manufacturer settles US government complaint

Aug. 08, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa company that makes metal castings used by military contractors in helicopters and other equipment has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company failed to test the castings and falsely certified test results over seven years. ...

Report: Michigan AG seeks special prosecutor in 2020 probe

Aug. 08, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Attorney General's office is asking that a special prosecutor investigate whether the Republican candidate for state attorney general and others should be charged in connection with an effort to gain access to voting machines after the 2020 election, according...

GOP seeking power over elections in Wisconsin, Minnesota

Aug. 07, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s secretary of state has no role in elections, but that could change if Republicans are able to flip the seat this year and pass a law that would empower the office with far more responsibilities. All three GOP candidates competing for the...

Alex Jones’ $49.3M verdict and the future of misinformation

Aug. 06, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

Alex Jones is facing a hefty price tag for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — $49.3 million in damages, and counting, for claiming the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax — a punishing salvo in a fledgling war on harmful misinformation. But...

Ukraine: Amnesty Int'l report sparks furor, resignation

Aug. 06, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine chapter has resigned, saying the human rights organization shot down her opposition to publishing a report that claimed Ukrainian forces had exposed civilians to Russian attacks by basing themselves in populated areas. ...

Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M more over Sandy Hook lies

Aug. 05, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury on Friday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he must pay for the suffering he put them through by...

How Alex Jones' bombastic behavior impacts him in court

Aug. 05, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones bulled through the first of several trials against him that could decimate his personal fortune and media empire in his usual way: loud, aggressive and talking about conspiracies both in and out the courtroom. It was...

Little Rock attorney admits to defrauding US farm programs

Aug. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas attorney has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to defraud two U.S. Department of Agriculture programs of about $11.5 million, according to court documents. Everett Martindale, 75, of Little Rock, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to...

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

Aug. 05, 2022 12:24 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: ___ Posts mislead on signatures,...