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'Salt Bae' restaurant closed; virus deaths surpass 9,200

Sep. 28, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston steakhouse opened by a Turkish restaurateur and social media star known as Salt Bae has been ordered closed for failing to meet coronavirus safety rules. Nusr-Et Boston was ordered closed Saturday just days after it opened. Boston's Licensing Board said the restaurant opened by Salt...

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Mississippi: 'Fake' letter claims mask mandate abolished

Sep. 28, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the office of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and abolishing the statewide mask mandate is fake, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials said Sunday. “The letter is a FAKE,” the agency wrote on its Facebook...

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks during a House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust on Capitol Hill in a Wednesday, July 29, 2020,file photo, in Washington. Two of Facebook's toughest critics on Capitol Hill, Jayapal and  David Cicilline of Rhode Island, have urged the social media platform to get serious about misinformation, voter suppression and hate speech ahead of the 2020 election. In a letter sent Sunday, Sept. 27, U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington and David Cicilline of Rhode Island demanded that Facebook immediately remove pages or groups spreading misleading information about voting and posts encouraging people to bring guns to polling places.(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)

Dems to Facebook: Get serious about misinformation, hate

Sep. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

Two influential Democrats on Capitol Hill have urged Facebook to take stronger action against misinformation, voter suppression and incitements to violence ahead of the 2020 election. In a letter sent to the company on Sunday, U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline accused Facebook of failing to...

Steve Harvey poses for a portrait on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 in Atlanta. Harvey says his daytime talk show being canceled by NBC opened up new doors with Facebook Watch. The comedian launched “Steve on Watch

Steve Harvey talks show revival on Facebook Watch, NBC split

Sep. 28, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having his daytime talk show canceled by NBC last year hasn't stopped Steve Harvey. While he waited for a new opportunity, the comedian continued to make his presence regularly felt on TV as the host of “Family Feud” and as an emcee for multiple recurring jobs, including...

North Carolina woman searches for her late father's bike

Sep. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Like she does most days, Maya Patrick walked out her front door ready for another round of classes at the UNC School of the Arts. Some days she walks to campus; others, she unlocks her white cruiser bike and pedals overs. “I live pretty close,” she said. When...

Authorities: Man requested money to shoot Louisville police

Sep. 27, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who authorities accuse of requesting $30,000 to shoot police officers in Louisville in a social media video while he was brandishing a gun has been arrested. According to a criminal complaint, Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, made the statements Wednesday on a...

SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...

In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, photograph, the main street through Lyons, Colo., is shown. A racially-offensive online post by the former fire chief has fractured relations among the 2,000 residents of the town, which is located between Boulder and Estes Park. (Bente Birkeland/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

Racially sensitive Facebook post divides small Colorado town

Sep. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Greg Meyers moved to the town of Lyons shortly before the 2013 flood devastated the community. Living through that disaster meant the Boulder County native got to know people quickly; it brought everyone together and forged a strong bond that still shapes the small foothills community...

Rochester man charged with inciting riot via Facebook posts

Sep. 26, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester man previously arrested during a protest over Daniel Prude's death is now accused by federal prosecutors of posting incendiary messages and instructions to make a Molotov cocktail. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in western New York on Friday charged Ryan Howe of...

Activist accused of spending donated money for personal use

Sep. 26, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An activist is accused of spending for personal use some $200,000 in donations to what was represented as a Black Lives Matter charity. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Sir Maejor Page, previously known as Tyree Conyers-Page, is charged with one count of wire fraud and two...