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FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, a police officer aims his weapon during an operation in the Mare complex slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil homicides fall to lowest level in at least 12 years

Feb. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro celebrated Friday after a crime index showed homicides fell to their lowest level in more than a decade during the first year of his term. Brazil had 41,635 killings in 2019, down 19% from the prior year and the least number of homicides since 2007,...

In this screenshot from NASA's Twitter account that was posted on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, astronaut Alvin Drew and scientist Sara Noble demonstrate that a broom will stand up any day of the year, debunking the myth that the physics behind the simple trick only works on Feb. 10. (NASA/Twitter via AP)

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

Feb. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: NASA said Feb. 10 is the only day of the year that a broom can stand...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to his supporters during his election campaign speech in Rosh Haain, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Hebrew on board reads

Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu

Feb. 14, 2020 2:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said no meeting is planned between the kingdom's crown prince and Israel's prime minister, a statement apparently meant to quash reports circulating in Israeli media this week of an alleged summit between the two. “There is no...

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, shows copies of the McClatchy Co. owned Miami Herald newspaper in Miami. McClatchy Co., the publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and dozens of other newspapers across the country is filing for bankruptcy protection. McClatchy Co. said Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, that it will continue to run normally as it pursues approval of its restructuring plan under Chapter 11.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Newspaper chain McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection

Feb. 13, 2020 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — McClatchy, the publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and dozens of other newspapers, has filed for bankruptcy protection as it struggles to pay off debt while revenue shrinks because more readers and advertisers are going online. McClatchy said Thursday that its 30 newspapers...

A man arranges a Valentines flower arrangement which they called

The Latest: Hong Kong Catholics suspend Masses over virus

Feb. 13, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Catholic diocese in Hong Kong has announced that Masses will be suspended for two weeks amid the spread of the new virus. In a brief video announcement, Cardinal John Hon Tong wore a surgical mask as he...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, a precinct captain from Des Moines, Iowa, holds his iPhone that shows the Iowa Democratic Party's caucus reporting app. On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that federal records show George Soros is the biggest funder of the failed app used by the Iowa Democratic Party during Monday’s caucuses. The chart used in the assertion does not show a donation by Soros to Shadow Inc. Instead, the chart, which was published in a November 2019 story on the investigative news site Sludge, shows Soros gave $2.6 million to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a Democratic Party-aligned organization focused on legislative redistricting. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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

Feb. 7, 2020 5:23 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Federal records show George Soros is the biggest funder of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Oprah Winfrey speaks during the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.  Winfrey says her friend Gayle King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. Winfrey said on Hoda & Jenna & Friends, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020,  that King “is not doing well'' and has to travel with security because of threats.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Winfrey says King not doing well after social media backlash

Feb. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says her friend Gayle King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. On an appearance on “Hoda & Jenna & Friends” on Friday, Winfrey said King...

FILE - In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro speaks at a news conference in New Orleans. Lawyers for the district attorney are asking a federal appeals court to end a lawsuit centered on his office having used fake subpoenas to coerce uncooperative witnesses. Attorneys representing Cannizzaro and some of his staff were set to argue Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that the prosecutors are legally immune from claims made in a 2017 lawsuit by criminal justice advocates. The case is before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey, File)

Prosecutor seeks end to lawsuit over fake subpoenas

Feb. 5, 2020 4:33 PM EST

New Orleans (AP) — New Orleans prosecutors used to issue fake subpoenas to threaten uncooperative witnesses with jail time, and the district attorney there says they can’t be sued for the deception — but a panel of appeals judges appeared skeptical Wednesday. Civil liberties advocates have...

Recent editions of The Daily star newspaper are displayed, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Lebanon's only English-language newspaper has announced that it's temporarily suspending its print edition because of financial challenges as the country passes through its worst economic crisis in decades. The Daily Star said on Tuesday that its website and social media platforms will continue work as usual. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's only English-language daily stops print edition

Feb. 4, 2020 6:43 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's only English-language newspaper announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily suspending its print edition because of financial challenges as the country passes through its worst economic crisis in decades. The Daily Star said its website and social media platforms would continue...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, photo, 25th District congressional candidate and former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia addresses supporters in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Blood)

Fight for California House may be barometer for November

Feb. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — If there is going to be a comeback for California’s traumatized Republican Party — a so-called “red recovery” that could threaten Democratic control of the U.S. House — Mike Garcia wants to be part of it. The former Navy combat pilot turned...