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Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

May. 08, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform is a far more complex and consequential question: Do the protections carved out for companies when the internet was in its infancy 25 years ago make sense when some of...

German Greens slam party's own mayor over racist language

May. 08, 2021 07:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's Greens on Saturday slammed the mayor of Tuebingen, a member of their own party, for using a racist slur in a social media post about a black soccer player. Boris Palmer, who has regularly irked fellow members of the center-left party...

Aubrey Plaza marries longtime boyfriend director Jeff Baena

May. 07, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aubrey Plaza has married her longtime boyfriend, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena. The “Parks and Recreation” actor called Baena “my husband” for the first time publicly Friday in an Instagram post. Her publicist confirmed the two had...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 07, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

Boston Globe. May 5, 2021. Editorial: Count counties out of federal aid program The six vestigial county governments in Massachusetts aren’t equipped to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in federal economic relief. As part...

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

May. 07, 2021 14:24 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: ___ COVID-19 vaccine...

After pandemic pullback, DJ Khaled shares his 'light show'

May. 07, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it’s time to release one of his maximalist albums, DJ Khaled turns a moment into an event. He posts Instagram videos showing recording sessions, silly dances and praise from the hip-hop and R&B heavyweights who worked with him. The lavish, exuberant productions...

Neighbors say Tacoma Instagram star is harassing residents

May. 07, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Martin Cabello III is incredibly popular on Instagram. Almost 500,000 people follow him for diet advice and explanations of his religion, Cabelloism. He has another 25,800 followers on Twitter and 1.2 million on TikTok. Followers have left posts...

74 sickened in COVID-19 outbreak at Peoples Church in Salem

May. 06, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say at least 74 people linked to a church in Salem have contracted COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority started investigating the outbreak at the Peoples Church on April 6, The Statesman Journal reported. The state did not...

Attorneys: Texas AG unblocks Twitter critics after lawsuit

May. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Twitter users who sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for blocking them on the social media platform have regained access to the Republican's posts, their attorneys said Thursday. The users blocked by Paxton included college students, a...

Facebook's oversight board: Watchdog or distraction?

May. 06, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

Facebook’s oversight board, which on Wednesday upheld the company’s ban of former President Donald Trump, also had some harsh words for the company. Calling Facebook’s indefinite ban of Trump a “vague, standardless penalty,” the board accused Facebook -- its corporate sponsor -- of...