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Harvard case offers reminder of perils of online misbehavior

Jun. 18, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

The racist social-media posts were originally shared only among friends — in text messages and a Google document. But someone took screenshots, which led Harvard University to revoke an offer of admission to a Parkland high school survivor. The decision announced Monday serves as a reminder to aspiring...

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

Jun. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners. Just hours after the social media giant unveiled early plans for the Libra cryptocurrency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire insisted that only...

Trump, now an insider, pitches self as outsider for 2020 bid

Jun. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four years after launching one of the most improbably successful runs for president in history, President Donald Trump officially kicks off its sequel on Tuesday, again offering himself as a political outsider — but this time from the Oval Office. Trump, who launched his last...

Twice burned: Winklevii overshadowed by Zuckerberg yet again

Jun. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Can a Libra and two Geminis get along? How about Facebook and the Winklevoss twins? Back in the day, Mark Zuckerberg's hunky Harvard classmates claimed the Facebook CEO stole their idea for the social network when he was just a nerdy undergrad. Now, Facebook's grand plan for a new...

John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

Jun. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

Actor John Cusack is apologizing for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after defending the post, then deleting it. The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people accompanied by a quote frequently misattributed to the philosopher Voltaire: "To learn who rules over...

Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat

Jun. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could have a tough time making good on his threat to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. But maybe that wasn't his point. Trump's late-night messages promised that starting next week his administration "will begin the process of removing the...

The Latest: Lawmaker wants Facebook to suspend currency plan

Jun. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's new digital currency (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The head of the House Financial Services Committee wants Facebook to suspend plans for a new currency until Congress and regulators are able to study it more closely. In asking Facebook to put the Libra currency...

Shark attack survivor gets message from Robert Downey Jr.

Jun. 18, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teenager who lost a leg in a shark attack this month got a personal message Tuesday from the actor who plays "Iron Man" in Marvel's superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. uploaded a video addressed to 17-year-old Paige Winter on his Instagram in which he said that hers is...

France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

Jun. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part,...

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

Jun. 18, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce...