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Netflix releases Panama Papers movie despite lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Netflix has released a movie based on the so-called Panama Papers despite an attempt by two lawyers to stop the streaming premiere. "The Laundromat," starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, debuted Friday on Netflix after a limited release in theaters. Two...

Hong Kong protesters don cartoon masks to defy face mask ban

Oct. 18, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks as they formed human chains across the semiautonomous Chinese city on Friday night, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering along the city's subway lines, many protest supporters...

Pakistan blacklists, expels global journalists' group leader

Oct. 18, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blacklisted and expelled the Asia coordinator of global press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists, the group's executive director said Friday. Joel Simon called the expulsion of Steven Butler "baffling" and "a slap in the face" to those concerned about press freedom...

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Oct. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy "even if it goes against our standards." But while he promoted free expression, limitations were place on coverage of his remarks at Georgetown University....

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank account....

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Oct. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans...

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

Oct. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn. James' standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong...

LeBron: Rockets' Morey 'wasn't educated' on China tweet

Oct. 15, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments since the...

Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Oct. 14, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...