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Tourists exit the Forbidden City in Beijing, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz SUV on the grounds of Beijing's landmark Forbidden City, prompting an apology from the management of China's former imperial palace. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage

Jan. 18, 2020 2:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace. Vehicles have been...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

Colorado teen sentenced to 30 years in Xbox killing

Jan. 17, 2020 8:33 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting a man while trying to steal an Xbox he had arranged to buy. Brigham Yahir Mendez was charged as an adult in the 2018 shooting of Jacob Michael Clymer, 32, and pleaded guilty in October to...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a political page was shut down over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against Muslims and female Democrats. Whitmer went on social media Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, to post a letter to Zuckerberg in which she referenced the posts on Facebook. The creator of the anti-Whiter group deactivated it after the Metro Times in Detroit began asking questions. The publication identified dozens of posts promoting or threatening violence against Whitmer and others. A message seeking comment was left with Facebook. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan governor urges Facebook to curb hate speech

Jan. 17, 2020 7:40 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a political page was shut down amid questions over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against female Democrats and Muslims. Whitmer went on...

Striking employees demonstrate outside the Louvre museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Protests close Louvre museum in Paris amid pension strikes

Jan. 17, 2020 7:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the Louvre museum and forced the famous Paris landmark to close Friday while they denounced the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. Protesters later chased down President Emmanuel Macron at an evening theater performance in...

2 men accused of throwing dog into ice-covered lake charged

Jan. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Two Elmwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday that James Pollock, 28, and Austin Vanburen, 19, were charged Jan. 7 after the office received calls...

Meteor streaks over Puerto Rico, unsettling some amid quakes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A meteor streaked low across the sky in Puerto Rico on Friday, setting social media abuzz as the spectacle amazed some people and unsettled others on an island still being hit daily by small earthquakes. The bright burning ball was caught by security cameras and people randomly...

Fans of conservative speaker find new venue for appearance

Jan. 17, 2020 5:50 PM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine supporters of Michelle Malkin said Friday they had located a new venue for the conservative speaker's appearance after three sites canceled. Malkin is an author, blogger and former FOX News contributor who has rallied against foes she calls “Beltway crapweasels,”...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated video circulating online incorrectly portraying Steyer criticizing Democrats during the Iowa presidential debate saying they would

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

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer criticized Democrats...

Ex-TSA screener facing enticement charges back behind bars

Jan. 17, 2020 11:58 AM EST

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has revoked the bail of a former TSA screener charged with luring teenage girls into participating in sexual acts and posing for lewd photos because he contacted one of the alleged victims on social media in an effort to get the case dropped. Corey Chambers, 25, of Methuen, had...