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AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have...

Group says misinformation on the rise on Facebook

Nov. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about misinformation on Facebook, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a false story about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar had an estimated 770,000 views. It had an estimated 77,000 views. A corrected version of the story is below: Group says misinformation on...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Facing lawsuit, DeVos erases student loans for 1,500

Nov. 8, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Facing a federal lawsuit and mounting criticism, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she will forgive certain student loans for more than 1,500 borrowers who attended a pair of for-profit colleges that shut down last year. Students who attended the Art Institute of Colorado and the Illinois Institute...

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV

Nov. 7, 2019 11:05 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Pose" and "Batwoman" are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on prime-time broadcast TV this season reached an all-time high of...

Rule would let faith-based groups exclude LGBT parents

Nov. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday proposed a rule that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBT families and others from their services based on religious beliefs. The announcement generated a sharp backlash...

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses gay pride T-shirt case

Oct. 31, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with a print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt because he says it was against his religious beliefs. The state's high court dismissed the claim after two lower courts also ruled in favor of Lexington print shop Hands-On Originals....

National Parks Service drops plan to allow ATVs in Utah

Oct. 25, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rule that would have allowed ATVs on certain roads in Utah's five national parks including popular red rock country destinations such as Zion and Arches has been scrapped by the U.S. government one week before it was set to take effect. The National Park Service said Friday that it...

Private prison firms form advocacy group to rebut scrutiny

Oct. 25, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top private prison companies have formed an advocacy group to rebut a growing backlash from Democratic presidential candidates and other industry critics. The Day 1 Alliance announced its formation Friday. Tennessee-based CoreCivic will provide the group's initial funding....

Facebook clarifies Zuckerberg remarks on false political ads

Oct. 24, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

Facebook reiterated its policy of not removing misleading or bogus political ads Thursday, clarifying its own policies after CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered Congress confusing and sometimes incomplete testimony on the subject. On Wednesday, in response to questions from House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine...