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The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

Feb. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said...

The Latest: Nigerian army says 6 'hoodlums' killed

Feb. 23, 2019 4:46 PM EST

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Nigeria's army says it killed six people it describes as "political hoodlums" in Rivers state in the deadliest reported confrontation on election day. Spokesman Sagir Musa said in a statement that a lieutenant also was...

Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

Feb. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media. The 15-minute video of the impromptu Friday meeting captures the students and Feinstein debating...

Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

Feb. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport. Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving...

Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

Feb. 23, 2019 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump's signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the...

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

Feb. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. An analytics tool called "App Events" allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if...

Twitter co-founder Williams steps down from company board

Feb. 22, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter co-founder Evan Williams will leave the social media company's board of directors at the end of the month. Twitter announced his departure in a securities filings Friday and Williams tweeted confirmation of the news. Williams served as Twitter's CEO from 2008 to 2010 and now is...

Lawsuit targets Facebook, hotel over teen's sex trafficking

Feb. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville lawsuit claims a teenage sex trafficking survivor was the victim of "quests for profits" by Facebook and a hotel chain. The then-15-year-old girl's mother sued Facebook, Rodeway Inn and related companies this week. The lawsuit says Facebook didn't verify a 35-year-old...

Social media provides fuel for Jussie Smollett story

Feb. 22, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The...

Mother arrested for posting video of Louisiana school fight

Feb. 22, 2019 5:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman who posted her son's video recording of a high school fight was arrested and jailed under a little-known Louisiana law outlawing the posting of some types of crime videos. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney raised questions Friday about the constitutionality of the law,...