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FILE - This Nov. 12, 2020 selfie photo provided by the Renown Regional Medical Center shows Dr. Jacob Keeperman, the Renown Transfer and Operations Center medical director who made the photo on the opening day of the Renown Regional Medical Center's alternative care site located in a parking garage. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting this photo at an auxiliary care site for COVID-19 patients proves that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax. The photo, which shows empty hospital beds, was taken the day the site was opened, and patients had yet to arrive. (Jacob Keeperman/Renown Regional Medical Center via AP)

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

Dec. 4, 2020 2:32 PM EST

A look at false and misleading claims and videos circulating one month after the 2020 election and as COVID-19 cases surge. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Nevada doctor’s selfie used to claim...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters during a closing campaign rally for the upcoming National Assembly elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly this Sunday, Dec 6. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via election

Dec. 4, 2020 12:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the political opponents of President Nicolás Maduro boycotting Sunday's election for the National Assembly, his socialist party is expected to dominate the vote, giving him control of the last major institution in Venezuela outside his grasp. The opposition contends the...

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary-General Luis Almagro gives a news conference at the 45th OAS General Assembly, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

OAS head urges international prosecutor to act on Venezuela

Dec. 2, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The leadership of a broad coalition of Western Hemisphere nations on Wednesday accused the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor of failing to take swift action on allegations that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government committed crimes against humanity. The...

Nicolas Maduro Guerra, son of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Catia La Mar, La Guaira state, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2020. Nicolas Maduro Guerra is a candidate for a spot in the National Assembly for the upcoming Dec. 6 midterm elections. (AP Photo/Arian Cubillos)

Son of Venezuela's Maduro emerges, runs for congress

Dec. 2, 2020 11:23 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For most of his life, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's only son has lived quietly in the shadow of his father, trying to dedicate himself to music even as he took tentative steps into politics. But Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra is now stepping further into the...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Dec. 1, that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Dec. 2, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr's comments, in an interview Tuesday with...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Dec. 1, that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Dec. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr's comments, in an interview with...

Venezuela's baseball season kicks off but virus takes a toll

Nov. 27, 2020 6:05 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s storied baseball season kicked off Friday — and an economic crisis and global pandemic will make it one for the record books. Stadiums that have long been a temporary escape from the South American country's mounting poverty and political turmoil were...

This December 2015 family photo shows Jose Pereira, second left, one of the Houston-based Citgo oil executives convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela, pictured with his wife Mervis, from left, and children, Sara, John, unidentified grandson and Joao, in Houston, Texas. Jose Pereira, 63, is one of the six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela who were found guilty of corruption charges by a Venezuelan judge on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of John Pereira via AP)

Family of jailed oil exec asks for Venezuelan leader's mercy

Nov. 27, 2020 4:59 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro on Friday for mercy. In an open letter, relatives of José Pereira, 63, wrote to Maduro that he has a long...

Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

Nov. 26, 2020 10:44 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States. Some relatives had...

A Venezuelan judge has found 6 American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and sentenced them to prison

Nov. 26, 2020 7:48 PM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan judge has found 6 American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and sentenced them to prison.