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Man pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

Sep. 22, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The former director of a western Kentucky nonprofit has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $25,000 from the organization that police said went to pay social media scammers. David Boggs, 51, admitted in McCracken County District Court on Monday that he took the money from Paducah's annual...

Professor put on leave for comments about Trump supporters

Sep. 22, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university professor who told her students in West Virginia that she hopes people who attend political rallies without masks get the coronavirus and die has been placed on administrative leave. The video posted on social media last week identifies the professor as Jennifer...

FILE - In this May 22, 2010, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before a NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Sep. 22, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. The partnership was announced Monday night in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan pose for a photo on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Saudi Arabia insists officially that there can be no formal ties with Israel before Palestinian statehood is achieved, but state-backed media and clerics have softened their tone toward Jews and there has been no official condemnation or criticism of the deals signed by the UAE or Bahrain with Israel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

Sep. 22, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians. Yet...

Officials: Georgia deputies shoot, kill knife-wielding woman

Sep. 21, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities said a woman who was armed with a knife and a blow torch was fatally shot by deputies in Georgia after she charged at them with the knife. The shooting happened Monday morning after deputies arrived at a home in Athens for a domestic call, the Oconee County Georgia...

Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

Sep. 21, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask, stoking a discussion about how to balance compassion with rules designed to keep others safe. In an Instagram post, Rachel Starr Davis of Portsmouth...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, listens to the testimony during a House subcommittee hearing in Nashville, Tenn.  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to Lynn's re-election campaign after she used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory. That's according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and online posts by Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

Sep. 19, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. The corporate...

Pennsylvania State Police converge on the Lehigh Valley Mall after reports of a possible active shooter, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Whitehall, Pa. (Rick Kintzel/The Morning Call via AP)

Shots fired inside Lehigh Valley Mall, no injuries reported

Sep. 19, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. (AP) — Shots were fired late Saturday afternoon inside Lehigh Valley Mall but there are no victims that authorities have found, Whitehall Township Police said. A large police presence remained at the scene Saturday evening as officials said on Twitter that officers were still searching...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. As President Donald Trump denies that Russia is interfering in the U.S. election and as he tries to block information to Congress, private companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are stepping into the breach. The private sector has become much more forthcoming about election interference since 2016, providing frequent briefings to key members of Congress. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security

Sep. 19, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Schiff was in the audience at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum when a Microsoft executive mentioned an attempted hacking of three politicians up for reelection. It was the first that Schiff, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had ever heard of it. Schiff said he...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...