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Michigan Republican wants to register fact-checkers

May. 12, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican known for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election has turned his attention to those who fact-check the claims of public officials. State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration...

Prosecutors shelves probe of gang rape that shocked Egypt

May. 12, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors said they have shelved their months-long investigation into an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel, ordering the release of all suspects for lack of evidence. The case shocked Egypt’s conservative...

Police: Woman posed as student to promote Instagram page

May. 12, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 28-year-old woman who wanted to promote her Instagram page attempted to blend in with students at a Miami-area high school, police said. Monday's stunt at American Senior High School landed Audrey Francisquini in jail, where she's facing charges of...

AP Top 25 Podcast: What lies ahead for Power 5 conferences?

May. 12, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

A big two has emerged within the Power Five. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Stewart Mandel of The Athletic joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the future of the Power Five conferences. The Southeastern...

Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

May. 12, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party’s most...

Therapy bunny Alex back as lucky rabbit's foot for Warriors

May. 11, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex the therapy bunny, a floppy-eared golden rabbit that gained social media fame by capturing the hearts of Giants fans at a game last month, is now visiting the Golden State Warriors in hopes of bringing some good fortune. Alex's owners dressed...

California judge dismisses Twitter lawsuit against Texas AG

May. 11, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A California judge has dismissed a Twitter lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in which the social medium accused the Republican of using his office to retaliate for Twitter's banning the account of former President Donald Trump. Twitter had...

Sparks police officer suspended for tweets seeks $1 million

May. 11, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sparks police officer who is accusing the city of violating his free speech rights is seeking $1 million in damages after he was suspended for four days for making comments on his private social media account that the city says constituted threats to Black Lives Matters...

Graffiti on Bates campus targets Israel, protests deaths

May. 11, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police have referred an investigation into graffiti on the campus of Bates College that targeted Israel and supported Palestinian rights to the state Attorney General’s Office as a possible hate crime. A social media account affiliated with some...

St. Paul man accused of stealing coronavirus vaccines

May. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in a St. Paul suburb are investigating the theft of coronavirus vaccines after a man recorded and posted videos on social media of him walking away with vials of what he said was “poison” and that he had plans to have the vaccines tested at a lab. ...