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Settlement requires 'anti-hate training' for internet troll

Dec. 18, 2018 11:22 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. Tuesday's settlement agreement would...

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

Dec. 18, 2018 8:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday. Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response...

The Latest: Judge orders Flynn to stay within 50 miles of DC

Dec. 18, 2018 7:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Judge Emmet Sullivan is throwing another wrench into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's plans. Just hours after delaying Flynn's sentencing, Sullivan...

Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner and more stars mourn Penny Marshall

Dec. 18, 2018 7:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences on the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75. ___ "I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky...

Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole

Dec. 18, 2018 6:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond. This week,...

The Latest: Has Norwegian PM let slip Solskjaer appointment?

Dec. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Has the Norwegian Prime Minister let slip that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to be the interim manager at Manchester United? A tweet sent by the official account of Erna Solberg, and directed...

Lawmaker apologizes for tweet urging aide: 'Kill yourself!'

Dec. 18, 2018 5:27 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator apologized Tuesday for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself. Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet to Republican Senate aide Candice Giove consisted of only two words: "Kill yourself!" It came...

Women filmed helping children smoke pot sentenced to jail

Dec. 18, 2018 7:51 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Two women seen on social media video helping three children smoke marijuana in North Carolina have now been sentenced to jail time. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that 18-year-old Candice Little was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of...

Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

Dec. 18, 2018 4:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media. Reports released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday suggested that Moscow's efforts to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign through social media were...

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

Dec. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction" to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released...