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Trump impeachment hearing spurs shadow spin war

Nov. 13, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The online spin began even before Wednesday’s impeachment hearing got underway. Moments before House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff could welcome witnesses to the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the...

Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,”...

Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months

Nov. 13, 2019 3:54 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network, so...

Editorials from around New York

Nov. 13, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Tax Increases to Come Wall Street Journal Nov. 12 The Democratic candidates for President are promising a smorgasbord of new taxes, but why wait until 2021? Last week Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and Virginia Congressman Don...

English soccer’s anti-racism head grapples with being abused

Nov. 13, 2019 12:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — If Sanjay Bhandari was in any doubt about a key challenge he faces leading English soccer’s anti-racism body Kick It Out, it was confirmed by abusive social media posts reacting to his appointment. “My first thought was just a little bit of shock,” Bhandari told The...

German parliament committee ousts far-right chairman

Nov. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament’s legal affairs committee on Wednesday ousted its chairman, a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, amid anger over a string of inflammatory comments he had made. The committee voted 37-6 Wednesday to remove chairman Stephan Brandner — the...

Northwestern paper's apology sparks journalism debate

Nov. 12, 2019 8:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Student editors at the newspaper covering Northwestern University have faced two waves of criticism over their coverage of protests in response to an event featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. First, student activists criticized them for publishing photos of protesters on the...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...

Louisiana man accused of threatening president, denied bond

Nov. 12, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports U.S. Magistrate District Judge Mark Hornsby told 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola that bond couldn't be set Tuesday because of a...

Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...