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Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Sep. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote...

SUV drives through Chicago-area mall and crashes into store

Sep. 20, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — A man drove an SUV into a suburban Chicago mall on Friday, sending frightened shoppers scurrying and plowing over a kiosk before he crashed into a clothing store and was arrested. Video posted on social media shows the black Chevy Trailblazer driving through the Woodfield Mall in...

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his recent criticism of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

Facebook suspends thousands of apps but user impact unclear

Sep. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The announcement came the same day that unsealed legal documents in Massachusetts disclosed that Facebook had suspended 69,000 apps. In the...

House intel chief says Facebook working on election threats

Sep. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year's elections. Rep. Adam Schiff of California met with Mark Zuckerberg and said the Facebook CEO showed...

After social media complaints, Brady makes nice with refs

Sep. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A day after complaining on social media that there were too many penalties in the game he was watching on TV, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tried to make nice with the NFL referees. "I'm very pro-ref," Brady said in the New England locker room on Friday. Brady was tweeting a...

Twitter: Accounts targeting Ecuador's president deleted

Sep. 20, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Twitter has taken down 1,019 accounts in Ecuador, saying they're mostly fake and aimed at undermining President Lenín Moreno. Twitter on Friday said the accounts tied to the PAIS Alliance political party posted content about the president's administration, focusing on free...

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

Sep. 20, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is a convicted felon...

Twitter, Facebook close accounts linked to Spanish party

Sep. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Twitter and Facebook say they have removed 365 fake accounts linked to Spain's conservative Popular Party that were used to influence public opinion and spread spam. Twitter said Friday it culled from the social network 265 accounts "operated by the party" that were "identified as falsely...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...