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2 fired over post suggesting Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

Jul. 23, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Two members of a police department in a New Orleans suburb were fired Monday — one for a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" and suggesting that she be shot, the other for "liking" the post. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson announced the...

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

The Latest: Venezuela government says attack caused blackout

Jul. 23, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's blackout (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Venezuela's socialist government is blaming a nationwide blackout on an "electromagnetic attack" against the nation's hydroelectric system. Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez read a statement broadcast on...

Ready to fight, Trump says he'll watch 'a little' of Mueller

Jul. 23, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He won't watch. Well, maybe just a little bit. President Donald Trump on Monday feigned indifference to Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony, an eyebrow-raising claim for a media-obsessed president who has been concerned for months about the potential impact of the former...

Senate candidate reads Mueller report aloud from kitchen

Jul. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic contender for U.S. Senate in New Mexico staged a live-broadcast reading on social media Monday of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, highlighting her support for immediate impeachment proceedings against President Trump....

Correction: Sweden-Rapper story

Jul. 22, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In a story July 20 about President Donald Trump advocating with Sweden on behalf of A$AP Rocky, The Associated Press erroneously reported the rapper's real last name. It is Mayers, not May. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump's bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden...

Lawmakers spend $10M annually on publicly funded messaging

Jul. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania taxpayers are paying nearly $10 million annually for lawmakers to get their story out through a small army of spokespeople and efforts through video and online, LNP newspaper reported Monday. LNP calculated the annual cost by reviewing spending records from 2013 through...

Weight loss among fat-acceptance influencers a fraught topic

Jul. 22, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion and lifestyle blogger Maui Bigelow has always been curvy and built a social media presence by embracing every pound. Until the worst happened. At nearly 380 pounds, her health took a dive. She was diagnosed with a blood cancer and multiple uterine fibroids that couldn't be treated...

Knight Foundation funding studies on media and democracy

Jul. 22, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation that specializes in journalism is pledging nearly $50 million for research in how social media and technology impacts democracy. The grants announced Monday by the Knight Foundation partly respond to the manipulation of tech giants like Facebook and Twitter during the 2016...

The Latest: Power restored to nearly all utility customers

Jul. 22, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage on the island of Kauai (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A utility company says it has restored power to nearly all of its 33,000 customers on Kauai. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says that the island-wide power outage began at 2:30 p.m. when the main...