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Lawmaker who ID'd rape accuser may lose committee assignment

Aug. 03, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Idaho legislative ethics committee decided Tuesday that a lawmaker who publicized the name of a Statehouse intern who reported that she was raped by another lawmaker should be stripped of one of her committee assignments for acting in an a manner “unbecoming” to...

Settlement reached in fatal standoff shooting in Maryland

Aug. 03, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in the 2016 death of a Black woman shot by Baltimore County police after a standoff she posted on social media, a county official and attorneys for the woman’s family confirmed. An agreement was reached last week in the...

Man pleads guilty to laundering $6.2M in 'romance scheme'

Aug. 03, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to launder more than $6.2 million from a “romance scheme” to fraudulently solicit money from more than 200 victims targeted through social media and dating websites. Lesley Annor, 23, of...

France's Macron uses social media to push for vaccination

Aug. 03, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has taken to popular social media apps in a new push to encourage vaccinations against COVID-19, combat “false information” and reach out to younger people. Filming himself from his summer residency at Fort de Bregancon...

Election body targets Bolsonaro after he fails to show fraud

Aug. 03, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After years of attacking Brazil's voting system as susceptible to fraud, President Jair Bolsonaro ignored a Monday deadline from the nation's electoral court to present proof of his claims. And the election authority, in turn, adopted its strongest measures yet aimed...

Lawmaker who named rape accuser says she did nothing wrong

Aug. 02, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho state lawmaker refused to answer questions she deemed “irrelevant” during a hearing Monday to determine whether she violated ethics rules by publicizing in disparaging social media posts the name of a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape. ...

FACT FOCUS: False reports of serial killer in Atlanta area

Aug. 02, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After two women were found dead in Atlanta-area parks last week, false reports spread on social media suggesting a serial killer was on the loose. Law enforcement say the killings are not related and there's no reason to believe they are the work of one person. ...

AP, Reuters to help Twitter elevate more credible info

Aug. 02, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has signed a deal with The Associated Press and Reuters to help elevate accurate information on its platform. Twitter said Monday that the program will expand its existing work to help explain why certain subjects are trending on the site, to show information...

A road not taken: verified Cormac McCarthy account is fake

Aug. 02, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sorry, Cormac McCarthy fans. That blue-checked Twitter account for the famous, and famously media-shy author is fake. “The account referenced was verified by mistake and that has since been reversed,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Associated Press...

EU investigates Facebook's proposed purchase of Kustomer

Aug. 02, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators are opening an in-depth investigation of Facebook's plan to buy Kustomer over concerns that the deal would stifle competition for customer relationship management software. The EU Commission said Monday it's also investigating...